LDAP Connector

Introduction

Description

This connector implements the LDAP standard and it is used to connect the Sync-Server with every server that allows this communication protocol.

Managed System

There a lot of server and products that use this standard, for example, the most known systems are:

  • 389 Directory Server.

  • Apache Directory Server.

  • OpenLDAP.

  • OpenDJ.

  • Active Directory.

  • Oracle Directory Server.

For more information: List of LDAP software.

If your system is not in the previously list, it's possible to include it easily!

For more information to check if your system may be synchronized with this connector you do not hesitate to contact us through our Contact form

Prerequisites

It is needed a user with full administrator access.

Download and Install

is addon is located in the Connectors section and its name is LDAP plugin.

For more information about the installation process you can visit the Addons Getting started page.

Agent Configuration

Basic

Generic parameters

After the installation of the addon, you may create and configure agent instances.

To configure this LDAP Connector you must select "LDAP-Custom (with triggers)" in the attribute "Type" of the generic parameters section in the agents page configuration.

For more information about how you may configure the generic parameters of the agent, see the following link: Agents configuration

Custom parameters

Below there are the specific parameters for this agent implementation:

Parameter

Description

User name

User name in DN format, including base name if needed

Password

Password

Host name

Host name of the server

Base DN

LDAP Base name

PasswordAttribute

 

Password hash algorightm

 

Password hash prefix

 

LDAP Query page size

 

Enable debug

Two options: Yes, No. When it is enabled more log traces are printed in the Synchronization Server log

Attribute mapping

This connector can manage users, accounts, roles, groups and grants.

As a limitation, it cannot detect password changes to be propagated to other systems.

Properties

Some agents require to configure some custom attributes, you will use the properties section to do that.

Renaming

To support object renaming, Soffid needs to store Soffid account name on a specific LDAP attribute. It's highly recommended to index such a field. To enable it, add the following properties to each object mapping:

Property
Value

rename

true

key

<LDAP attribute where Soffid account name is stored>

If a key value is set, LDAP connector will search for objects based on this LDAP attribute value, rather than its DN. Thus, an index on this attributed is highly recommended.

At any time, object renaming can be disabled by setting the property

Property
Value

rename

false

Attributes

You can customize attribute mappings, you only need to select system objects and the Soffid objects related, manage their attributes, and make either inbound and outbound attribute mappings.

Using windows connector you can map users, groups and role objects. Active Directory membership is automatically managed based on user and group mappings.

You can map user, groups and role objects. User membership must be managed on the role members attribute expression.

Any object mapping must have the following system attributes:

System attribute
Value

objectClass

LDAP Object Class. It can evaluate to an array of objects

dn

Full qualified object name

For more information about how you may configure attribute mapping, see the following link: Soffid Attribute Mapping Reference

For example:

LDAC Connector - example.png

Triggers

You can define BeanShell scripts that will be triggered when data is loaded into the target system (outgoing triggers). The trigger result will be a boolean value, true to continue or false to stop.

Triggers can be used to validate or perform a specific action just before performing an operation or just after performing an operation into target objects. 

To view some examples, visit the Outgoing triggers examples page.

Load triggers

You can define BeanShell scripts that will be triggered when data is loaded into Soffid (incoming triggers). The trigger result will be a boolean value, true to continue or false to stop.

Triggers can be used to validate or perform a specific action just before performing an operation or just after performing an operation into Soffid objects. 

To view some examples, visit the Incoming triggers examples page.

Account metadata

Agents allow you to create additional data, on the "Account metadata" tab, to customize the accounts created for that agent. This additional information will be loaded with the agent's information, or calculated as defined in the mappings.
The additional data can be used in both mappings and triggers.

The attributes which you define here will be shown when you click on the proper account, on the Accounts Tabs at user page.

Operational

Monitoring

After the agent configuration you could check in the monitoring page if the service is running in the Synchronization Server, please go to:

  • Start Menu > Administration > Monitoring and reporting > Syscserver monitoring

Tasks

Authoritative

If you are checked "Authorized identity source", an automatic task to load identities from the managed system to Soffid is available, please go to:

  • Start Menu > Administration > Monitoring and reporting > Scheduled tasks

And you will something like "Import authoritative data from <AGENT_NAME>".

Reconcile

If your are configured the "Attribute Mapping" tab with some of our objects: "user, account, role, group or grant", an automatic task to synchronize these objects from the managed system to Soffid is available, please go to:

  • Start Menu > Administration > Monitoring and reporting > Scheduled tasks

And you will something like "Reconcile all accounts from <AGENT_NAME>".

Synchronization

About the synchronization of the objects, there are two possible options:

  • If you are checked the generic attribute "Read Only" in the "Basics" tab, only the changes in the managed systems will be updated in Soffid. We recommend this options until the global configuration of Soffid will be tested.
  • If you are not checked the generic attribute "Read Only" in the "Basics" tab, all the changes in Soffid or the managed system will be updated in the other. Note that this synchronization must be configured in the "Attribute mapping" tab correctly.

For more information about how you may configure the generic parameters of the agent, see the following link: Agents configuration