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In Progress

This release is planned. Therefore the information presented here is incomplete and inaccurate.
For information regarding the latest stable release please see Release 3.8

Galileo

Release 3.9 is a twenty seventh midPoint release code-named Galileo. The 3.9 release brings user experience improvements and ....

Planned release date: October 2018

Galileo Galilei

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Credits

Majority of the work on the Watt release was done by the Evolveum team. However, this release would not be possible without the help of our partners, customers, contributors, friends and families. We would like to express our thanks to all the people that contributed to the midPoint project both by providing financial support, their own time or those that maintain a pleasant and creative environment for midPoint team. However, midPoint project would not exist without proper funding. Therefore we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all midPoint subscribers that made midPoint project possible.

Features

midPoint 3.9 provides following features:

Changes with respect to version 3.8

  • Certification reports have changed – reimport the reports and update any custom reports! (TODO)
  • Customization Improvements
  • User interface improvements
    • Improved assignment/inducement target selection popup
    • Additional registration form based on object lifecycle
    • Form validation expressions
    • New system configuration page
    • TODO: custom "user" tasks
  • Provisioning
    • Minor improvements to connector paging support
    • Full support for capabilities per object type
    • Major update of consistency mechanism
  • Miscellaneous improvements
    • Improved documentation
    • Error criticality handling improvement
    • Legacy support for XPath2 was removed, expression processing code was cleaned up.
    • Improved Maven overlay support
    • Assignment subtype
    • Run bulk action from policy rules.
    • Docker containerization improvements.
    • User interface testing framework (a.k.a. "Schroedinger")
  • Connectors
    • Support for native timestamps in ConnId framework, LDAP and Active Directory connectors.
    • Full support for ConnId updateDelta() operation in LDAP and AD connectors.
    • Additional search filter support in LDAP and AD connectors.
    • Support for connector instance name (InstanceNameAware)

PostgreSQL 9.4 and earlier is no longer supported.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is no longer supported.
Tomcat 8.0.x is no longer supported (Tomcat 8.0.x is EOL).
XPath2 is no longer supported. Please migrate your XPath2 scripts to Groovy, JavaScript or Python.

Quality

Release 3.8 (Watt) is intended for full production use in enterprise environments. All features are stable and well tested - except the features that are explicitly marked as experimental or partially implemented. Those features are supported only with special subscription and/or professional services contract.

Limitations

  • MidPoint 3.8 comes with a bundled LDAP-based eDirectory connector. This connector is stable, however it is not included in the normal midPoint support. Support for this connector has to be purchased separately.
  • There is an option to modify midPoint to support LDAP and CAS authentication by using Spring Security modules. This method is used in several midPoint deployments. However, such authentication modules are not officially supported as part of usual midPoint subscriptions. Only community-level support is provided for those modules. Commercial-grade support for this authentication method is available, but it has to be explicitly negotiated in a subscription contract.
  • MidPoint user interface has flexible (fluid) design and it is able to adapt to various screen sizes, including screen sizes used by some mobile devices. However, midPoint administration interface is also quite complex and it would be very difficult to correctly support all midPoint functionality on very small screens. Therefore midPoint often works well on larger mobile devices (tablets) it is very likely to be problematic on small screens (mobile phones). Even though midPoint may work well on mobile devices, the support for small screens is not included in standard midPoint subscription. Partial support for small screens (e.g. only for self-service purposes) may be provided, but it has to be explicitly negotiated in a subscription contract.
  • There are several add-ons and extensions for midPoint that are not explicitly distributed with midPoint. This includes midPoint plug-in for Eclipse IDE, extension of Jasper studio, Java client library, various samples, scripts, connectors and other non-bundled items. Support for these non-bundled items is limited. Generally speaking those non-bundled items are supported only for platform subscribers and those that explicitly negotiated the support in their contract. For other cases there is only community support available. For those that are interested in official support for IDE add-ons there is a possibility to use subscription to help us develop midPoint studio ( MID-4701 - midPoint studio Open ).

Platforms

MidPoint is known to work well in the following deployment environment. The following list is list of tested platforms, i.e. platforms that midPoint team or reliable partners personally tested with this release. The version numbers in parentheses are the actual version numbers used for the tests.

It is very likely that midPoint will also work in similar environments. But only the versions specified below are supported as part of midPoint subscription and support programs - unless a different version is explicitly agreed in the contract.

Support for some platforms is marked as "deprecated". Support for such deprecated versions can be removed in any midPoint release. Please migrate from deprecated platforms as soon as possible.

Java

  • OpenJDK 8 (1.8.0_91, 1.8.0_111, 1.8.0_151)
  • Sun/Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment 8 (1.8.0_45, 1.8.0_65, 1.8.0_74, 1.8.0_131)

Web Containers

  • Apache Tomcat 8.5 (8.5.4). Tomcat 8.0.x is no longer supported as its support life is over (EOL).
  • BEA/Oracle WebLogic (12c) - (warning) special subscription required

 

Web container (application server) support

Currently there are no plans to remove support for deployed midPoint installation using a WAR file. However, it is possible that this deployment form will get phased out eventually unless there are active subscribers preferring this deployment method. MidPoint subscription is strongly recommended if you plan to use this method in the future.

Databases

  • H2 (embedded). Supported only in embedded mode. Not supported for production deployments. Only the version specifically bundled with midPoint is supported.
    H2 is intended only for development, demo and similar use cases. It is not supported for any production use. Also, upgrade of deployments based on H2 database are not supported.
  • PostgreSQL 9.5 (9.5, 9.5.1).
  • MariaDB (10.0.28)
  • MySQL 5.7 (5.7)
  • Oracle 12c
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Supported Browsers

  • Firefox (any recent version)
  • Safari (any recent version)
  • Chrome (any recent version)
  • Opera (any recent version)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 9 or later)

Recent version of browser as mentioned above means any stable stock version of the browser released in the last two years. We formally support only stock, non-customized versions of the browsers without any extensions or other add-ons. According to the experience most extensions should work fine with midPoint. However, it is not possible to test midPoint with all of them and support all of them. Therefore, if you chose to use extensions or customize the browser in any non-standard way you are doing that on your own risk. We reserve the right not to support customized web browsers.

Microsoft Internet Explorer compatibility mode is not supported.

Important Bundled Components

ComponentVersionDescription
ConnId1.5.0.0ConnId Connector Framework
LDAP connector bundle2.0LDAP, Active Directory and eDirectory connector
CSV connector2.2Connector for CSV files
DatabaseTable connector1.4.2.0Connector for simple database tables

Download and Install

Stand-alone deployment model

MidPoint 3.7 deployment method has changed. Stand-alone deployment is now the default deployment method. MidPoint default configuration, scripts and almost everything else was adapted for this method.

Upgrade

MidPoint is software that is designed for easy upgradeability. We do our best to maintain strong backward compatibility of midPoint data model, configuration and system behavior. However, midPoint is also very flexible and comprehensive software system with a very rich data model. It is not humanly possible to test all the potential upgrade paths and scenarios. Also some changes in midPoint behavior are inevitable to maintain midPoint development pace. Therefore we can assure reliable midPoint upgrades only for midPoint subscribers. This section provides overall overview of the changes and upgrade procedures. Although we try to our best it is not possible to foresee all possible uses of midPoint. Therefore the information provided in this section are for information purposes only without any guarantees of completeness. In case of any doubts about upgrade or behavior changes please use services associated with midPoint subscription or purchase professional services.

Upgrade from midPoint 3.0, 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.3.1, 3.4, 3.4.1, 3.5, 3.5.1, 3.6 and 3.6.1

Upgrade path from MidPoint 3.0 goes through midPoint 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4.1, 3.5.1 and 3.6.1. Upgrade to midPoint 3.1 first. Then upgrade from midPoint 3.1 to 3.1.1, from 3.1.1 to 3.2 then to 3.3, then to 3.4.1, 3.5.1, 3.6.1, 3.7.1 and finally to 3.8.

Upgrade from midPoint 3.8 and 3.8.1

MidPoint 3.9 data model is essentially backwards compatible with previous midPoint versions. However, there were changes that may affect some deployments:

  • Consistency mechanism in midPoint was update and aligned with manual connectors, taking into account possible future extension for asynchronous provisioning operations. Old shadow "consistency" properties (objectChange, result, attemptNumber, failedOperationType) are no longer used. Their content is ignored. All operations that are not completed immediately are now recorded in pendingOperation container.

Even though the basic database model is compatible with the previous versions, the underlying database schema was significantly modified due to performance and scalability improvements. Therefore the usual database-only upgrade procedure is not applicable for upgrades to midPoint 3.8. Export and import of the data is necessary in this case. Therefore following procedure has be followed for this upgrade:

  • Upgrade instructions from 3.7.1: Upgrade 3.7.1 to 3.8
  • TODO: make sure all postponed operations are finished before upgrade. Otherwise they will be lost.

MidPoint 3.8 is a release that fixes some issues of previous versions and there were also improvements to existing functionality. Therefore there are some changes that may not be strictly backward compatible with previous versions:

  • Version numbers of some bundled connectors have changed. Therefore connector references from the resource definitions that are using the bundled connectors need to be updated.

TODO: refresh capabilities on LDAP and AD connectors: delta update capability

Changes in initial objects since 3.7 and 3.7.1

MidPoint has a built-in set of "initial objects" that it will automatically create in the database if they are not present. This includes vital objects for the system to be configured (e.g. role superuser and user administrator). These objects may change in some midPoint releases. But to be conservative and to avoid configuration overwrite midPoint does not overwrite existing objects when they are already in the database. This may result in upgrade problems if the existing object contains configuration that is no longer supported in a new version. Therefore the following list contains a summary of changes to the initial objects in this midPoint release. The complete new set of initial objects is in the config/initial-objects directory in both the source and binary distributions. Although any problems caused by the change in initial objects is unlikely to occur, the implementors are advised to review the following list and assess the impact on case-by-case basis: 

  • TODO
  • TODO: system config: logging appender!!!
     
  • 015-security-policy.xml: switched password policy configuration from the deprecated way to a security policy method. File renamed from 120-security-policy.xml.
  • 020-system-configuration.xml: switched password policy configuration from the deprecated way to a security policy method. Default logging setting update.
  • 040-role-enduser.xml: task-related authorizations, persona read authorization, workflow-related authorizations.
  • 041-role-approver.xml: workflow-related authorizations.
  • 043-role-delegator.xml: delegator read authorization update.
  • 090-report-audit.xml: updated and fixed report.
  • 100-report-reconciliation.xml: updated and fixed report.
  • 140-report-certification-campaigns.xml: updated and fixed report.
  • 150-report-certification-cases.xml: updated and fixed report.
  • 160-report-certification-decisions.xml: fixed report.
  • 200-lookup-languages.xml: new supported languages
  • 210-lookup-locales.xml: new supported locales

Bundled connector changes since 3.8 and 3.8.1

  • The LDAP connector and AD Connector were upgraded to the latest available version. This version brings major changes that take advantage of ConnId framework development. There is support for native timestamps. But there is one important internal change. LDAP and AD connectors now support "update delta" operation instead of legacy update operations. Delta-based updates are superior to legacy method and this change resolves a lot of subtle problems of complex changes on resources. However, the connector has to let midPoint know that it supports delta-based update operations. This is done by the means of resource capabilities. This happens automatically for new midPoint deployments. Older midPoint deployments simply need to refresh (native) resource capabilities.

Behavior changes since 3.8 and 3.8.1

  • TODO: pendingOperations used for operation retries
  • TODO: dead shadows remain
  • TODO: refresh task cleans up dead shadows
  • TODO: error criticality handling changes
    • Change of (experimental) criticality definition schema (boolean->fatal/partial)
    • PolicyViolationException has partial criticality
  • TODO: connector update vs update delta. Refresh capabilities!
  • Self-service password change is now using special self-service channel (http://midpoint.evolveum.com/xml/ns/public/gui/channels-3#selfService)
  • XPath2 is no longer supported. Please migrate your XPath2 scripts to Groovy, JavaScript or Python.
  • Assembly of midPoint Maven artifacts and Maven overlay was fixed. This may affect existing midPoint overlay projects. Please have a look at the most recent midPoint overlay example and adjust your overlay projects accordingly.
  • TODO: kind/intent when kind/intent==null
  • TODO: search iterative
  • TODO: authorization zone of control

Public interface changes since 3.7 and 3.7.1

  • REST interface was extended with experimental password reset method.
  • Audit table was extended and modified
    • id column in m_audit_event table is now generated by default (auto increment)
    • Columns delta and fullResult in m_audit_delta table are compressed using GZIP

Important internal changes since 3.7 and 3.7.1

These changes should not influence people that use midPoint "as is". These changes should also not influence the XML/JSON/YAML-based customizations or scripting expressions that rely just on the provided library classes. These changes will influence midPoint forks and deployments that are heavily customized using the Java components.

  • Definition of Unified Connector Framework (UCF) interface was changed to improve error handling. As this is experimental interface, please see source code history for description of changes.
  • Definition of Java manual connector interface (abstract classes) was changed. As this is experimental interface, please see source code history for description of changes.

Known Issues and Limitations

There is a support to set up storage of credentials in either encrypted or hashed form. There is also unsupported and undocumented option to turn off credential storage. This option partially works, but there may be side effects and interactions. This option is not fully supported yet. Do not use it or use it only at your own risk. It is not included in any midPoint support agreement.

Native attribute with the name of 'id' cannot be currently used in midPoint ( MID-3872 - Attribute 'id' Open ). If the attribute name in the resource cannot be changed then the workaround is to force the use of legacy schema. In that case midPoint will use the legacy ConnId attribute names (icfs:name and icfs:uid).

JavaDoc is temporarily not available due to the issue in Java platform. This issue is fixed in Java 9 platform, but backport of this fix to Java 8 is (quite surprisingly) not planned.

As all real-world software midPoint 3.8 has some known issues. Full list of the issues is maintained in jira. As far as we know at the time of the release there was no known critical or security issue.

There is currently no plan to fix the known issues of midPoint 3.8 en masse. These issues will be fixed in future maintenance versions of midPoint only if the fix is requested by midPoint subscriber. No other issues will be fixed - except for severe security issues that may be found in the future.

The known issues of midPoint 3.8 may or may not be fixed in midPoint 3.9. This depends on the available time, issue severity and many variables that are currently difficult to predict. The only reliable way how to make sure that an issue is fixed is to purchase midPoint subscription. Or you can fix the bug yourself. MidPoint is always open to contributions.

This may seem a little bit harsh at a first sight. But there are very good reasons for this policy. And in fact it is no worse than what you get with most commercial software. We are just saying that with plain language instead of scrambling it into a legal mumbo-jumbo.

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