Shadow Integrity Check

Last modified 04 Feb 2022 19:51 +01:00

In order to diagnose and fix specific problems with shadow objects in repository, a new task (activity) type was created: Shadow Integrity Check.

How to use it

Just import the following task:

<task xmlns="">
    <name>Shadow Integrity Check</name>
    <ownerRef oid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000002" type="UserType"/>

Configuration Parameters





What shadows to analyze.

All shadows.


Aspects that should be diagnosed.



Aspects that should be fixed.



Class name of the duplicate shadows resolver to be used.

Built-in one.


Whether to check uniqueness on primary identifiers (or on secondary ones as well).

false (meaning all identifiers)

Aspects being Diagnosed and Fixed

Currently supported checks are:

Keyword Description Support


Checks whether all identifiers in a shadow are in a normalized form with regard to matching rule specified in the schemaHandling section. (Note: before running this, please check that you have consistently specified matching rule for all intents of a given kind of objects. In the future, we’ll check that setting automatically, but currently we do not.)

diagnose + fix


Checks whether there are more shadows (of given resource+kind) bound to specific identifier value, e.g. icfs:name or icfs:uid or whatever.

diagnose + fix (*)


Checks whether shadow has intent specified. When fixing, fetches the resource object and tries to determine correct intent.

diagnose + fix


Checks for extra data in shadow activation container. Currently, we store only enableTimestamp, disableTimestamp, archiveTimestamp and disableReason there. All other data (e.g. administrativeStatus) have to be fetched from the resource on the fly. This check ensures that the superfluous data are not stored in the shadows, and removes those data that are there.

diagnose + fix


Checks whether shadow has at least one owner + if the synchronization situation (LINKED) is consistent with owners found. The LINKED shadow has to have at least one owner, not-LINKED shadow has to have 0 owners.

diagnose only


Checks whether the corresponding object can be fetched from the resource.

diagnose only


Checks whether resource pointed to by the shadow really exists, including whether resource reference is set at all. (Actually, these checks cannot be turned off.) Fix is done by removing the shadow, so please use with care.

diagnose + fix

(*) Note that the test checking for uniqueness is implemented purely in RAM, so it works for shadow sets of reasonable size (e.g. 100K entries, depending on amount of your heap). It is faster and simpler to implement.


The task produces a report that is written to midPoint log file. It looks like this:

2015-09-03 12:39:23,464 [] [midPointScheduler_Worker-6] INFO (com.evolveum.midpoint.model.impl.integrity.ShadowIntegrityCheckResultHandler): Shadow integrity check finished. It was run with the configuration:
- normalization  diagnose=true,    fix=true
- uniqueness     diagnose=true,    fix=true
- intents        diagnose=true,    fix=true
- owners         diagnose=false
- fetch          diagnose=false

dryRun = true

2015-09-03 12:39:23,464 [] [midPointScheduler_Worker-6] INFO (com.evolveum.midpoint.model.impl.integrity.ShadowIntegrityCheckResultHandler): Results:
    Shadows processed: 3020 (1 resources),
    Shadows with no problems: 2875
    Shadows with warnings: 141
    Shadows with errors: 4
     - Non-normalized identifier value: 0 cases; fixed (if not run in dry-run mode) 0 cases.
     - No resource ref or OID: 0 cases.
     - Cannot get resource object: 0 cases.
     - No kind specified: 0 cases.
     - No intent specified: 145 cases (145 shadows).
     - No resource refined schema: 0 cases.
     - Cannot get resource refined schema: 0 cases.
     - No object class refined schema: 0 cases.
     - Cannot fetch resource object: 3 cases (3 shadows).
     - Multiple owners: 0 cases.
     - Linked shadow with no owner: 0 cases.
     - Not linked shadow with an owner: 0 cases.
     - Other failure: 0 cases.
     - Cannot apply fix: 4 cases (4 shadows).

2015-09-03 12:39:23,464 [] [midPointScheduler_Worker-6] INFO (com.evolveum.midpoint.model.impl.integrity.ShadowIntegrityCheckResultHandler): Uniqueness report:
Duplicate shadows detected: 1, deleted: 0
Duplicates for resource: .............. (OID:..............), kind = ENTITLEMENT, identifier = {}name:
 - value: cn=.............., shadows: 2
   - shadow: CN=.............. (OID:16fc34ab-5acc-4320-8db1-6f707d2ee9ac); sync situation = null
     - name = [cn=..............]
     - uid = [<GUID=5a586bc978e98245ba529adbe83ced57>]
   - shadow: CN=.............. (OID:9b76adf6-0878-4fd3-a5ec-d9d33505ffa8); sync situation = LINKED
     - name = [cn=..............]
     - uid = [<GUID=91ebc50e25056a49a562ea7492467433>]
   --> deleted redundant shadow (skipped because of dry run) shadow: CN=.............. (OID:16fc34ab-5acc-4320-8db1-6f707d2ee9ac)

2015-09-03 12:39:23,464 [] [midPointScheduler_Worker-6] INFO (com.evolveum.midpoint.model.impl.util.AbstractSearchIterativeTaskHandler): Finished Shadow integrity check (Task(id:1441204963732-0-1, name:A Shadow Integrity Check, oid:db2ce226-c13f-4731-ab2e-9bad11223fe0)). Processed 3020 objects in 180 seconds, got 3 errors. Average time for one object: 56.21755 milliseconds (wall clock time average: 59.927483 ms).
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