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Enable Active Directory Windows authentication

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You can use the Configuration Wizard to install and configure Active Directory on your local network and authenticate AD users and users who are members of AD security groups by using MSAPI or LDAP. By default, Windows individual or group accounts use MSAPI to authenticate accounts.

You can only use one authentication protocol at a time. All Windows accounts are authenticated through MSAPI or LDAP, depending on which one is enabled.

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To enable Active Directory Windows authentication in the Orion Web Console:

  1. Log into your Orion Server as an administrator.
  2. Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar.
  3. Select Configuration Wizard in the Start menu.
  4. If a User Account Control prompt appears, click Yes to allow the wizard to update your system.
  5. When the Configuration Wizard appears, select the Website check box and click Next.
  6. On the Website Settings page, provide details about your website.


  1. In the Website login section, select the "Enable automatic login using Windows Authentication" check box.
  2. Click Next, and complete the Configuration Wizard.

Next, update settings in the Orion Web Console.

  1. Log into the Orion Web Console using the appropriate domain and user, providing either Domain\Username or Username@Domain as the User Name.
  2. Navigate to Settings > All Settings.
  3. In Web Console Settings, select Enable automatic login in the Windows Account Login drop-down.
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