Role Refresh

Role refresh allows you to enter a CLI command that triggers a reevaluation of role selection for one or all users. A role refresh can also trigger reevaluation of role selection for all users using a specific role.

After role evaluation completes for an identity, the role remains the same as long as the identity is present at the original location and no new high priority role matching this identity's attributes is created. Consider a situation where a Kerberos user is always present at a particular location. The switch detects traffic to and from the user periodically, so the user identity is never aged out. The user's role at this location remains the same as the role determined by identity manager when the user was detected at this location for the first time.

A network administrator might want to refresh a role for the following reasons:
  • The user's LDAP attributes have changed. For example, the user's job title is changed from Engineer to Manager or his department is changed from Engineering to Marketing.

  • The administrator has created a new role, which is more applicable to the user than his previous role. For example, the user was initially placed under the Engineer role because his department was Engineering, and now a new role called Test Engineer is a better match that considers both the user‘s department and title.

For both of the above situations, a role refresh triggers a role evaluation that would not otherwise occur as long as the user remains active at the current location. If the role refresh finds an LDAP user-defined role that matches the identity being refreshed, the identity manager queries the LDAP server to update the attributes provided by the LDAP server.