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LDAP can be used to authenticate users. The big benefit of using LDAP is that users are able to use the same username and password to access SSP 7 as they use to get access to the network. SSP 7 supports the standard LDAP protocol and can be used with Microsoft's Active Directory.

The following settings should be done to make LDAP authentication work:

Main LDAP Path

URL to get access to the main LDAP authentication server. For example: LDAP://DC1.COMPANY.LOCAL/DC=DC1,DC=COMPANY,DC=LOCAL

Alternative LDAP Paths

In case multiple LDAP paths are used, the alternative paths can be defined here. These alternative paths are only used for user lookup (NOT authentication). It should only be set if not all users can be found in the main LDAP path. Multiple entries are possible and should each start on a new line.

LDAP Username

Username that is entitled to browse the LDAP tree

LDAP Password

Password of the LDAP Username

LDAP Authentication Type

Select the type of authentication configured for your LDAP server. Available authentication types are Basic Authentication and FastBind authentication.


Select the type of LDAP server used. Choose Active Directory in case the Microsoft Active Directory is used, for other systems use the option Other.

LDAP unique ID field

Type the name of an LDAP field that contains an unique user identifier. This field is used to identify users uniquely in SSP and to lookup persons through external adapters. The value that is read from this LDAP field, is used to run the "User query" defined in each Adapter.

LDAP Login Field

This is the LDAP field that contains the login as used on the SSP login page.

LDAP ADS Path Field

The LDAP server might expect an ADS path formatted login. Only if so, please enter the LDAP field containing this ADS path. This option is not to be used in case of Microsoft Active Directory.