Importing an Active Directory structure

Note: An initial import is triggered by the SafeGuard Management Center Configuration Wizard, see Define Active Directory authentication.
SafeGuard Enterprise allows you to import an Active Directory structure into the SafeGuard Management Center. During the synchronization with the Active Directory, objects such as computers, users, and groups are imported to the SafeGuard Management Center. All data is stored within the SafeGuard Database.

To configure the Active Directory, do the following:

  1. Open the SafeGuard Management Center.
  2. Authenticate using the password which was defined for the certificate store.
  3. In the lower left-hand pane, select Users and Computers.
  4. In the top left window, select Root [Filter is active].
  5. In the right-hand pane, select the Synchronize tab. The LDAP Authentication wizard starts automatically.
  6. In the LDAP Authentication wizard, enter the logon credentials you want to use for the synchronization and specify the server name or the IP address of the Domain controller. The user name must be in the format User@Domain to avoid issues resolving the domain NetBIOS name.
  7. As soon as the directory connection is successfully established, the Directory DSN field shows the domain information. Click the magnifier symbol in order to read the Active Directory.
  8. When the reading process is complete, the domain structure is displayed in the center pane. Select the organizational units you want to import into SafeGuard Enterprise. It is not possible to select individual machines, groups, or user objects. However, it is possible to select organizational units.
  9. Decide whether Active Directory group memberships should be synchronized with the SafeGuard Management Center. The import of group memberships can be skipped by un-checking the Synchronize memberships box. Not importing and synchronizing group memberships has a positive impact on the performance of the Management Center (especially in large AD structures).
    By default, SafeGuard Enterprise creates a key for every container, organizational unit (OU), and domain object that is imported. The creation of keys can be quite time consuming. Therefore, especially when importing large environments, we recommend that you do not enable the key creation for groups if not required.
  10. Start the synchronization by clicking Synchronize. The detailed information from the Active Directory will now be read. At the end of the synchronization, a summary of all changes is displayed.
  11. Click OK to write all changes into the SafeGuard Enterprise Database.

As soon as this is completed, the domain structure is displayed in the left-hand pane. The import of the Active Directory into the SafeGuard Management Center is now complete.