Connecting to Microsoft Active Directory

The Sisense Microsoft Active Directory connector is a certified connector that allows you to import data from the Microsoft Active Directory API into Sisense via theSisense generic JDBC connector. The Microsoft Active Directory connector offers the most natural way to integrate with Active Directory Users, Groups, Roles, Contacts, and more, and provides additional powerful features.

Sisense Microsoft Active Directory connector is a certified connector. The support for the connector is provided by Sisense and will be assisted by the certification partner's support, if needed. For any support issues or additional functionality requests, please contact your Sisense representative or open a request through our Help Center. For advanced inquiries, you can also contact our certification partner’s support directly via [email protected].

After you have downloaded the driver, you can connect through a connection string in Sisense. The connection string is used to authenticate users who connect to the Microsoft Active Directory APIs. . The connection string is used to authenticate users who connect to the Microsoft Active Directory tables. Once you have connected to Microsoft Active Directory, you can import a variety of tables from the Microsoft Active Directory API.

This page describes how to download the Microsoft Active Directory driver and deploy it, how to connect to Microsoft Active Directory with a connection string, provides information about the Microsoft Active Directory data model, and more.

Downloading the Microsoft Active Directory JDBC Driver

You can download the Microsoft Active Directory JDBC driver here.

Deploying the Microsoft Active Directory JDBC Driver

To run the setup, execute the following command: java -jar setup.jar (OR, if your system is set up to run Java applications, double-click on setup.jar).
During the installation, pay attention to the path of the installation (you will need it later on, to direct Sisense to the Jar file. The default path is C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Microsoft Active Directory\lib).
Note: The install file (setup.jar) is a Java application that requires Java 6 (J2SE) or above to run. If you do not have Java 6 installed, you may download it from here.

Connecting to Microsoft Active Directory

To access Microsoft Active Directory from Sisense, you must provide valid Oauth Microsoft Active Directory credentials through a connection string. The connection string is used to authenticate users who connect to the Microsoft Active Directory tables.

Once you have connected to Microsoft Active Directory, you can create the connection string and provide Sisense with it to connect to your data.

Creating the Microsoft Active Directory Connection String

Sisense uses connection strings to connect to Microsoft Active Directory and import data into Sisense.

The connection string to connect to Microsoft Active Directory has the following structure:

jdbc:activedirectory:Property1=Value1;Property2=Value2;

The following is an example of a Microsoft Active Directory connection string:

jdbc:activedirectory:User=xxxxxxxxx;Password=xxxxxxxxxx;Server=xxxxxxxxxx;Port=389;BaseDN=CN=xxxx,DC=xxxx,DC=xxxxxxx,DC=xxxxxxx;

To establish a connection, the following properties under the Authentication section must be provided:

If you have any issues connecting to your data source, see Troubleshooting JDBC Data Connectors.

Adding Microsoft Active Directory Tables to your ElastiCube

  1. In the Data page, open an ElastiCubeor create a new ElastiCube.
  2. In the Model Editor, click . The Add Data dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click Generic JDBC to open the JDBC settings.
  4. In Connection String, enter the Microsoft Active Directory URL. See Creating a Connection String for more information.
  5. In JDBC JARs Folder, enter the name of the directory where the Microsoft Active Directory JAR file is located (see Deploying the Microsoft Active Directory JDBC Driver).
  6. In Driver's Class Name, enter the following class name: cdata.jdbc.activedirectory.ActiveDirectoryDriver.
  7. In User Name and Password, enter your Microsoft Active Directory credentials. These fields are not required if the user name and password were provided in the connection string. 
  8. Click Next. A list of tables in the database are displayed. All tables and views associated with the database will appear in a new window.
  9. From the Tables list, select the relevant table or view you want to work with. You can click next to the relevant table or click Preview to see a preview of the data inside it. 
  10. (Optional) Click + to customize the data you want to import with SQL. See Importing Data with Custom Queries for more information.
  11. After you have selected all the relevant tables, click Done. The tables are added to your data model.

Microsoft Active Directory Connector: Additional Resources

For the full documentation set for the Microsoft Active Directory connector, click here.

For connection string options, click here.

For information on the Microsoft Active Directory data model, click here.

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