Configuring LDAP

Configure LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) for users accessing OpsCenter.

LDAP configuration is extremely flexible with many configuration options possible within OpsCenter. To peruse all of the available [ldap] configuration options, see OpsCenter configuration properties. This procedure provides a basic configuration example to authenticate a user based on searching for a user in both user and group categories.


There must be a properly configured LDAP v3 server running. The supported LDAP servers are:

  • Microsoft Active Directory:

    • Windows 2008

    • Windows 2012

  • OpenLDAP 2.4.x

  • Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition

Additional requirements:

  • If your organization started with standard OpsCenter authentication and subsequently switched to implementing LDAP, delete the old passwd.db file.

  • Roles: If using LDAP groups, create and mirror in OpsCenter the user role names and permissions that are in LDAP. Role permissions are stored in OpsCenter, not LDAP. Users must have at least one role to be able to log in to OpsCenter when LDAP is enabled.


  1. Locate the opscenterd.conf file. The location of this file depends on the type of installation:

    • Package installations: /etc/opscenter/opscenterd.conf

    • Tarball installations: install_location/conf/opscenterd.conf

  2. Open the opscenterd.conf file for editing.

  3. Add an [authentication] section with the following options:




    Contains the required OpsCenter user role information.


    Set to True to enable LDAP authentication.


    Set to LDAP, regardless if configuring Active Directory.

    passwd_db = ./passwd.db
    enabled = True
    authentication_method = LDAP

  4. Set the configuration for your LDAP server. Add an [ldap] section to opscenterd.conf with the following LDAP server options as appropriate for your LDAP implementation. Additionally, see the Example to understand an SSL LDAP configuration versus an Active Directory configuration.

    LDAP server options
    Option Description


    The host name of the LDAP server.


    The port on which the LDAP server listens. For example, 389 or 636. * 389 is the default port for non-SSL LDAP and AD. * 636 is the default port for SSL LDAP and AD. For more information about ports, see OpsCenter ports.


    Sets whether hostname verification should happen for SSL/TLS connections.

    hostname_verficiation = True


    In LDAPv2 environments, TLS is normally started using the LDAP Secure URI scheme instead of the normal LDAP URI scheme. OpenLDAP command line tools allow either scheme to be used with the -H flag and with the URI ldap.conf(5) option. Defaults to ldaps for ldap_security = None; defaults to ldaps for ldap_security = SSL or TLS.


    The username of the user that is used to search for other users on the LDAP server. When a user attempts to authenticate with LDAP, OpsCenter searches for the user in LDAP to discover whether the user exists and which roles the user is associated with. The only permission that the search user needs to have in the LDAP system is the ability to perform LDAP searches.

    If the search_dn and search_password (that constitute the search user entry point for locating users in LDAP) are omitted from the configuration, LDAP attempts to make an anonymous bind to perform the user search.


    The password of the search_dn user.


    The search base for your domain, used to look up users. Set the ou and dc elements for your LDAP domain. For example, this can be set to ou=users,dc=domain,dc=top level domain. More specifically: ou=users,dc=example,dc=com. Active Directory uses a different user search base. For example: CN=search,CN=Users,DC=Active Directory domain name,DC=internal. More specifically: CN=search,CN=Users,DC=example-sales,DC=internal.


    The LDAP search filter used to uniquely identify a user. The default setting is (uid={0}), which looks for a user by unique user identifier. The value of the {0} variable is the username provided when logging in to OpsCenter. When using Active Directory, set the filter to (sAMAccountName={0}).

    There is a known limitation in OpsCenter when using search filters for Active Directory. See troubleshooting LDAP.


    The LDAP search base used to find a group. Example: ou=groups,dc=qaldap,dc=datastax,dc=lan


    Deprecated. The LDAP search filter used to find a user’s group. Example: (member=cn={0},ou=users,dc=nodomain). Within the group_search_base, filter for members based on cn. For existing Active Directory implementations that have this configuration option already set, the group_search_filter_with_dn overwrites the returned value with the user’s DN.


    The LDAP search filter that is used to find a user’s group. Uses the full user’s 'DN' from a user search. Overrides the deprecated group_search_filter. Example: (member={0}).


    The LDAP field name used to identify a group’s name. For example: cn.


    The name of the admin group or a comma-separated list of admin group names; for example: admin, superusers. OpsCenter automatically creates the roles with admin permissions for the roles provided in the admin_group_name list. Escape any restricted LDAP characters. If your group name contains restricted LDAP characters such as "," a comma, you must escape them. For example, two admin groups "foo , bar" and "baz" should be entered as: foo \, bar, baz


    Set to the attribute on the user entry containing group membership information. Set this option when using a memberof_search for the group_search_type.

    OpsCenter allows for an alternate method of determining a user’s role. When using memberof_search, rather than doing a directory search in LDAP for any roles that match the user, only the user is inspected. You can specify which attribute for a user is inspected. For example, you can define a user with a new attribute such as opscenter_role and populate it with the user’s role in OpsCenter. Specify the value of the new attribute so that OpsCenter can inspect the user attribute.


    Defines how group membership is determined for a user.

    Available options:

    *directory_search: (Default) Performs a subtree search of group_search_base using group_search_filter to filter the results. *memberof_search: gets groups from the user_memberof_attribute of a user. Using this option requires the directory server to have memberof support. When using the memberof_search rather than directory_search for group searches, you do not need to specify the group_search_base or group_search_filter options.


    Set to True if the memberof attribute’s value is distinguished names of groups. This option must be set to True when configuring Active Directory, OpenLDAP, or when any other LDAP implementation returns a DN for the memberOf attribute value.

    Default: False.

    Set user_memberof_stores_dn to False if the attribute specified by user_memberof_attribute denotes 0 or more group names that correspond to the roles in OpsCenter. For example, if the user_memberof_attribute is set to employeeType, set the user_memberof_stores_dn option to False because the employeeType attribute value is not a distinguished name.

    If the user_memberof_attribute_stores_dn is False and log in fails, and OpsCenter suspects the group name might be a DN, a warning is logged: [opscenterd] WARN: It looks like you might be using Active Directory for authentication. You may need to set the 'user_memberof_attribute_stores_dn' config value to True and set the group_name_attribute config value appropriately in opscenterd.conf.


    The type of security to use with LDAP: None, TLS, or SSL. When set to TLS, uses TLS start. Setting this option to TLS or SSL sets the uri_scheme to LDAPS. Setting this option to None sets the uri_scheme to LDAP.


    Path to the truststore for SSL certificates.


    Type of the truststore. Default: JKS (Java Keystore).


    The password to access the truststore.


    Returns an error when multiple entries are returned from a user search after all applicable referrals are followed. Set to False if the user_search_base is not confined to one Organizational Unit (OU). Default: True.


    The number of seconds to wait before concluding that the LDAP server is down. Default: 20 seconds.

  5. Restart OpsCenter for the changes to take effect.


SSL LDAP (OpenLDAP or Oracle) implementation

The following example configuration reflects a typical SSL LDAP (OpenLDAP or Oracle) implementation. The server_port value of 636 is for an SSL configuration.
If the search_dn and search_password options shown in lines 11 and 12 are omitted, LDAP attempts to make an anonymous bind to perform the user search.

This configuration example searches for a user in both user (user_search_base and user_search_filter) and group (group_search_base and group_search_filter) categories to authenticate a user. The group_search_type (line 19) is directory_search.

The #user_search_base and #user_search_filter options are commented out in lines 15 and 16 because they are only applicable to an Active Directory (AD) configuration.

01 [authentication]
02 passwd_db = ./passwd.db
03 enabled = True
04 authentication_method = LDAP
06 [ldap]
07 server_host = ldap.myCompany.lan
08 server_port = 636
09 hostname_verification = true
10 uri_scheme = ldaps
11 search_dn = cn=admin,dc=devldap,dc=datastax,dc=lan
12 search_password = **
13 user_search_base = ou=users,dc=devldap,dc=datastax,dc=lan
14 user_search_filter = (uid={0})
15 #user_search_base = CN=search,CN=Users,DC=datastax,DC=internal # AD base
16 #user_search_filter = (sAMAccountName={0}) # AD filter
17 group_search_base = ou=users,dc=devldap,dc=datastax,dc=lan
18 group_search_filter_with_dn = (member={0})
19 group_name_attribute = cn
20 group_search_type = directory_search
21 admin_group_name = superusers,superusers2
22 ldap_security = SSL_TLS
23 truststore_type = JKS
24 truststore = ./truststore.jks
25 truststore_pass = secret

Active Directory (AD) for Windows 2008 implementation
The following example reflects an Active Directory (AD) for Windows 2008 configuration. Unlike the previous LDAP example for OpenLDAP or Oracle, this AD configuration makes use of user_search_base (line 13) and user_search_filter (line 14) for Active Directory configuration options. Also, the user search base for AD shown in line 13 differs in format from the LDAP example.

The user_memberof_stores_dn option in line 19 is explicitly set to True so that OpsCenter correctly handles the value of the memberof_attribute shown in line 18 as a distinguished name (DN). The user_memberof_stores_dn option is also applicable to an OpenLDAP configuration.

01 [authentication]
02 passwd_db = ./passwd.db
03 enabled = True
04 authentication_method = LDAP
06 [ldap]
07 server_host = mywin2008.myCompany.lan
08 server_port = 636
09 hostname_verification = true
10 uri_scheme = ldap
11 search_dn = CN=Administrator,CN=Users,DC=prodwin2008,DC=datastax,DC=lan
12 search_password = **
13 user_search_base = CN=Users,DC=prodwin2008,DC=datastax,DC=lan # AD base
14 user_search_filter = (sAMAccountName={0}) # AD filter
15 admin_group_name = superusers
16 group_search_type = memberof_search
17 group_name_attribute = cn
18 user_memberof_attribute = memberof
19 user_memberof_stores_dn = True
20 ldap_security = SSL_TLS
21 truststore_type = JKS

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