Did you know that your Active Directory is just a glorified LDAP?

Microsoft Tube Surfers,

Wanted to take a minute to talk about authenticating Splunk against Active Directory. In case you didn’t know Active Directory is running on top of LDAP. While the guys up in Redmond do their best to make sure tha you have no need to know LDAP they give you the ability to interface with it over LDAP if you know what you’re doing. Let’s take this time to let you know what you need to do.

If you are comfortable with the command line you can run the command ldifede. The ldifde command is the windows equivalent of ldapsearch and should allow you to get an ldif entry for yourself and a group. With those two entries we should be able to come up with authentication.conf that will allow Splunk to authenticate users.

For those of you that are more comfortable with a GUI The Sysinternals team offers a nice utility called Active Directory Explorer. This gives you tree view of your Active Directory/LDAP structure.

The information provided from these utilities is pretty much everything you need to know in order to follow along with the documentation. If you are still struggling to get it working post a question to Splunk Answers and someone from our team will help square you away.

Matt Green

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