IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator
Creating a Connector
Creating a Connector involves deciding where the Connector
is to reside, and which initial parameters to assign to it.
Before you beginDecide upon where the Connector should reside; this is in
either of two places:
- Connectors meant for re-use and resource sharing reside under
the <workspace>/Resources/Connectors directory.
This is generally the best place to create and maintain your Connectors.
Connectors defined this way are added to AssemblyLines by dragging
them into the appropriate place.
After this, we can alter those
few settings of the Connector such that it plays its designated role
in the AssemblyLine, but leaving the majority of the settings inherited, and therefore unchanged from their definitions in the Resources section.
- We can also create a Connector directly in an AssemblyLine; Connectors
defined this way are ad-hoc definitions that are only valid in the
context of that particular AssemblyLine.
About this taskConnectors form the backbone of any solution created with IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator, they establish the connection to
the systems you wish to exchange data with.
- Right-click and select Resources > Connectors > New Connector... in your workspace, or select File > New > Connector
- Navigate to the location where we want the new Connector, and name the new Connector.
- The recommended location is <workspace>/Resources/Connectors.
- Alternatively, we can create the new Connector directly
in your AssemblyLine. Navigate to the location in the target AssemblyLine;
either the Feed section for Iterator and Server mode Connectors, or
Flow for all other modes.
- Click Finish to create the Connector.
- In the Connection tab, set the mode
of the new Connector to our desired mode.
- Set the connection parameters for this Connector in the Connection tab;
required parameters are marked with an asterisk (*). Some Connectors
require you to configure a Parser as well in the Parser tab.
- Go to theAttribute Map window in
the Connector configuration window to discover or define the schema
for this data source: click Discover Attributes to
get the schema for the datasource. Some Connectors or Connector-Parser
combinations have pre-defined schemas. Those that do not, prompt you
to read a sample entry from the data source and examine it to discover
What to do nextOnce the Connector has been defined, you are ready to set
up which pieces of information known as Attributes are
to flow to and from the AssemblyLine. This process is called Attribute
Mapping, and the point of view is from the AssemblyLine. Hence, the definition of mapping Attributes from the connected system, through
the input Connector to the Work entry in the AssemblyLine is done
in the Input Attribute Map; and the reverse, mapping
Attributes from the Work entry, through the output Connector to the
connected system is done in the Output Attribute Map.
Parent topic: The Connector Editor