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Connect to Active Directory Data as a Federated Tables in MySQL

Use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables for Active Directory data in MySQL .

You can use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables in MySQL for Active Directory data. The Cloud Hub provides a MySQL interface for Active Directory: After configuring a virtual MySQL database for Active Directory, you can create a server and tables using the FEDERATED Storage Engine in MySQL. You can then work with Active Directory data just as you would local MySQL tables.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Active Directory, allowing you to easily query live Active Directory data alongside existing MySQL data — all without replicating the data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Active Directory, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Active Directory data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Active Directory Data

You can use any MySQL client to connect to the CData Cloud Hub and create virtual databases.

  1. Connect to the CData Cloud Hub:
    mysql --host --user admin --password
  2. Once authenticated, create the virtual database for Active Directory:
    mysql> CREATE DATABASE activedirectorydb
        -> DRIVER = "ActiveDirectory",
        -> DBURL = "User=cn=Bob F,ou=Employees,dc=Domain;Password=bob123;Server=;Port=389;";

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Active Directory data from any MySQL client.

Create a FEDERATED Server and Tables for Active Directory Data

After you have configured and started the service, create a FEDERATED server to simplify the process of creating FEDERATED tables:

Create a FEDERATED Server

The following statement will create a FEDERATED server based on the Cloud Hub. Note that the username and password of the FEDERATED server must match a user account you defined on the Cloud Hub.

CREATE SERVER fedActiveDirectory
OPTIONS (USER 'cloud_hub_user', PASSWORD 'cloud_hub_passwd', HOST '', PORT 3306, DATABASE 'activedirectorydb');

Create a FEDERATED Table

To create a FEDERATED table using our newly created server, use the CONNECTION keyword and pass the name of the FEDERATED server and the remote table (User). Refer to the following template for the statement to create a FEDERATED table:

CREATE TABLE fed_user (
  id  TYPE(LEN),
  logoncount  TYPE(LEN),

NOTE: The table schema for the FEDERATED table must match the remote table schema exactly. You can always connect directly to the Cloud Hub using any MySQL client and run SHOW COLUMNS FROM User to get the table schema.

Execute Queries

You can now execute queries to the Active Directory FEDERATED tables from any tool that can connect to MySQL, which is particularly useful if you need to JOIN data from a local table with data from Active Directory. Refer to the following example:

  local_table.foreign_id =;