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Description

Required for

Typical usage

ICF representation

XML representation

 

ICF NAME

Represents user-friendly identifier of an object on a target resource. It should be human-readable and it is used to create an resource object (e.g. account username). It is the name of the object that humans usually care about.

create

username,
LDAP DN

__NAME__

icfs:name

Definition

ICF UID

Represents the unique identifier of an object within the name-space of the target resource. Should be immutable if possible. It is returned from the create operation and must be used for other operations to identify the object. This may not be human readable and is often (pseudo-randomly) generated. This is the identifier of an object that machines usually care about.

get, modify, delete

Entry UUID,
auto-generated ID column,
record number

__UID__

icfs:uid

Definition

For some simple resources the UID and NAME may be the same. Actually that is a usual case that they are the same, which adds to the confusion. Also do not confuse the ICF UID with other attributes that may be named "uid" such as LDAP uid which is a part of inetOrgPerson schema. ICF UID is a separate and quite powerful concept which needs some time to get used to. In the early phases of the learning curve it helps to think about it simply as an identifier of a resource object.

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