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LDAP Groups Synchronization

The LDAP Groups Synchronization extension retrieves users and groups attributes from the organization’s Active Directory

 

Active Directory synchronization encompasses multiple advantages for all role players in the organization:

License Administrators will be able to

  • Enforce license compliance
  • Analyze usage trends according to Organizational units (OUs), Groups, Departments etc.
  • Automate license allocation and maintain restrictions through Flexnet Options files. For more information on the Options files management extension – please refer to this document.

Managers will get:

  • Cost allocation per specific groups (Projects, Departments, Cost centers etc.)
  • Licensing bottlenecks, Required purchase and licenses that should be discontinued.
  • Projects’ progress overview

End-users

OpenLM LDAP Synchronization extension capabilities

multiple domains

Active directory information can be extracted from multiple domains. This accommodates companies that operate on different geographic locations, over multiple time zones and several network domains. This is depicted in the image below

Users and computers

As usage restrictions may be imposed on host names as well as on user names, OpenLM enables computer name synchronization, to extract all hostnames within the predefined synchronization start node. This list of hostnames may be used in an Options file in order to reserve licenses for specific workstations or exclude certain computers from checking out licenses

Group generation according to LDAP Attribute

It is possible to generate and synchronize groups in OpenLM based on identical LDAP attribute content. For example, all users with the location attribute “Berlin” will be assigned membership of the group “Berlin” in the OpenLM database.

Multiple synchronization schemes

Active Directory attributes such as Groups, Departments or Companies will form Groups in the OpenLM Database. It is possible to combine different synchronization schemes in order to obtain all different aspects of license usage in the organization

Browsing capabilities

The LDAP synchronization form has efficient browsing capabilities. The user can

  • Browse through the source LDAP structure,
  • Search for a specific node,
  • Select the LDAP synchronization start node and
  • Set the appropriate depth of the hierarchical synchronization process.

Maintain LDAP structure

The synchronized image of the Active Directory information may be presented hierarchically, maintaining the same structure as in the organizational Active Directory, or as a flat list of groups

Further reading

For more information please refer to these documents:

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