CHAPTER 9Provisioning: Now That I’m In, What Can I Have?

And so he handled the sword... and fiercely pulled it out of the stone... and said, “Sir, lo here is the sword of the stone, wherefore I must be king of this land.”

—Arthur Pendragon, requesting a new role in Le Morte D’Arthur

A number of years ago, when provisioning was all the rage, suddenly every tiny little company that could stuff you into a single LDAP called themselves a provisioning company. “We provision users to LDAP.” Well, a coffee table with a small TV on it is not an entertainment center, and creating a single LDAP object is not provisioning; it’s data entry.

Another poor man’s version of provisioning, still being sold by some vendors, entails mapping a list of resources to ...

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