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#Feature Friday – Keep users & groups in sync with the Active Directory Connector

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Happy #Feature Friday!

To save you time and provide more automation to your Qlik® reporting workflows, you can manage users and user groups in Mail & Deploy in three ways:

  • User and User Groups can be managed manually, by adding them to the repository by manually entering their data.
  • They can be synchronized with a CSV file by using a task.
  • Or they can be synchronized with an active directory or a local user and user group directory by using a task.

This week we are highlighting the latter:

Active Directory Connector

With the Active Directory Connector, administrators can create and set up Mail & Deploy users and user groups easily and centrally for employees in a company via Active Directory, without having to use scripts and programming knowledge.

This simplifies the administration of Mail & Deploy because you do not need to manage a separate database of users and groups.

If a user is added to the domain or is removed from a group, then Mail & Deploy automatically synchronizes this information without any further intervention necessary from the administrator.

You can access the settings by clicking Tools > Settings > Active Directory Connection if you are a user with a role of at least Administrator.

Active Directory Connection Settings

A dialogue will appear that allows you to configure the following settings:


Enable Active Directory Connection
This setting determines whether the current repository is connected to
an active directory.

Active Directory Type
The type of active directory to which you want to connect.

Machine.
This is a local SAM store (e.g. the local user group and user directory of the local machine).

Domain.
An active directory on a domain controller.

Host & Port
The host and port of the active directory server. This setting is only
applicable for the active directory type Domain.

Container
The root container of the active directory to which to connect. This setting is only applicable to the active directory type Domain.

Credentials
This is the username and password combination used to connect to the
active directory. This setting is only applicable to the active directory
type Domain.

Once you have entered the active directory connection details, you can click the button to test the connection to the active directory.

Next, you can use the Synchronize Users and User Groups with Active Directory Action to automatically synchronize users and user groups of a repository with an active directory or the local user and user group directory.

Please note: The following requirements need to be met in order to synchronize users and user groups with an active directory:

  • The computer that runs the Mail & Deploy Server needs to be a member of a domain; if that is not the case, Mail & Deploy can only synchronize with the local user and user group directory of that computer.
  • The repository needs to have valid active directory connection settings.

For each synchronization settings, you can define various attributes:

  • Active Directory User Group
  • Synchronize as User Group
  • Role
  • Default Language
  • Time Zone
  • Culture
  • Custom Properties

You can find all attributes in detail in the Mail & Deploy Knowledge Base.

The Active Directory Connector helps you to keep your users and groups in Active Directory and Mail & Deploy in sync. Administrators can create and set up Mail & Deploy users and user groups easily and centrally, without having to use external tools, scripts and programming knowledge.

We hope this helps those of you with the need for an easy way to manage your Mail & Deploy users and report recipients, and look forward to bringing you another #Feature Friday next week! Stay tuned!

If you have questions or need support, please contact us at support@mail-and-deploy.com

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