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Configure Active Directory and LEM to work with LEM rules and filters

Updated: September 15, 2017

This topic explains how to set up LEM to connect with Active Directory so that you can use Active Directory groups containing user and computer accounts with LEM rules and filters.

LEM groups that synch with Active Directory are called directory service groups (or DS groups). DS groups are only available on LEM Manager instances that complete the following integration steps.

After you complete these integration steps, see Configure directory service (DS) groups in LEM to learn how to manage DS groups.

Configure the Directory Service Query Connector

Complete these steps on the LEM Manager that will implement DS groups.

Before you begin, gather the following information to configure the Directory Service Query Connector:

  • Either the IP address or fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Active Directory server.
  • The domain credentials for an account that the Directory Service Query connector can use. SolarWinds recommends using a service account with a non-expiring password. This account does not need elevated privileges (such as Domain Admin privileges).
     

To get directory server details, open a Windows command prompt on a computer on the correct network and type nslookup.

  1. Open the LEM console. See Log in to the LEM web console or Log in to the LEM desktop console for steps.

  2. Click Manage > Appliances.

  3. Click the gear icon next to the LEM Manager and select Connectors.

  4. Enter Directory Service Query in the search box on the Refine Results pane.

  5. Click the gear icon next to the master connector, and select New.

  6. Complete the Directory Service Query connector form:

    1. In the Domain Name field, enter the fully-qualified domain name for your directory service server using lowercase characters.

      For example, solarwinds.com.

    2. In the Directory Service Server field, enter the IP address or hostname of your directory service server.

      SolarWinds recommends using the IP address to avoid possible DNS issues. The LEM network configurations (netconfig) allow for setting or changing the DNS server to resolve the host.

    3. Enter the domain credentials for a user account that the connector can use.

      SolarWinds recommends using a service account with a non-expiring password, otherwise you will have to manually update the connector every time the password expires. This account does not need elevated privileges. When entering domain credentials, provide only the user name.

    4. Enter the domain credentials for a user account that the connector can use.

      SolarWinds recommends using a service account with a non-expiring password, otherwise you must manually update the connector every time the password expires. This account does not need elevated privileges. When entering domain credentials, provide only the user name.

  7. When finished, click Save.

  8. Locate the new instance of the connector. The gray icon in the Status column indicates that the connector is not running.

  9. Click the gear icon next to the new connector and select Start. A green icon in the Status column indicates that the connector is running.

To test the connector settings, click the Test Domain Connection button. Test results are displayed as an alert in the SolarWinds Alerts filter. The test does not display a pop-up message.

Next steps:

See Configure directory service (DS) groups in LEM to learn how to sync Active Directory groups with DS groups.

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