The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is an application protocol for reading and editing hierarchical sets of records over a network. Common implementations include user information and directory services. This topic introduces the developer to the DataLayer.LDAP Authentication element, which can be used to authenticate a user against an LDAP server.
- Work with DataLayer.LDAP Authentication
The DataLayer.LDAP Authentication element has the following attributes:
(Required through v10.1.46) The unique element ID.
(Required) The ID of a Connection.LDAP element defined in the _Settings definition. If this value is left blank, the datalayer will try to use the first connection element in the _Settings definition. For clarity, developers are advised to enter an ID here in all cases.
(Required) Specifies the password for an LDAP distinguished name (DN). Usually as a token with the value of the password passed from the standard or customized logon page: @Request.rdPassword~.
|User DN Source|
(Required) Specifies an LDAP query that returns the LDAP User Distinguished Name (DN). The returned DN will be used with the Password attribute to authenticate the current user. The query usually includes LDAP objects and names appropriate to your LDAP server and a token with the value of the user name passed from the standard or customized logon page, @Request.rdUsername~. Example LDAP queries:
(.NET and Standard LDAP Server)
(.NET and Active Directory Server)
(Java and Standard LDAP Server)
(Java and Active Directory Server)
Prior to v10.0.503, this attribute was named "User DN".
This datalayer can only be used as a child of the Authentication element in the _Settings definition.
Unlike other datalayers, DataLayer.LDAP Authentication retrieves only a single record, if authentication succeeds, containing the Common Name attribute associated with the supplied user identifier. If authentication fails, nothing is returned. This datalayer does not have any child elements for filtering, joining, or extending its data.
The data retrieved into the datalayer can be viewed by turning on the Debugging Link in your _Settings definition (General element) and using the resulting link at the bottom of your report page to view the Debugger Trace page. A link on the Trace page will display the retrieved data.