Viewing Active Directory Data in RAD Studio Data Explorer

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How to view Active Directory data in RAD Studio Data Explorer using the CData FireDAC Components for Active Directory.

Embarcadero RAD Studio provides a development environment for Delphi and C++Builder applications. With the CData FireDAC Components for Active Directory, you gain access to live Active Directory data within RAD Studio, abstracting the data into tables, views, and stored procedures that can be used to both retrieve and update Active Directory data. This article will walk through connecting to Active Directory using the Data Explorer.

Connecting to Active Directory Data Using Data Explorer

You can create a simple application for displaying Active Directory data by utilizing the CData FireDAC Components for Active Directory and a new VCL Forms Application:

  1. Open the Data Explorer in RAD Studio and expand FireDAC.
  2. Right-click on CData Active Directory Data Source and click Add New Connection.

  3. Name the connection.
  4. Fill in the necessary connection parameters and click OK.

    To establish a connection, set the following properties:

    • Valid User and Password credentials (e.g., Domain\BobF or cn=Bob F,ou=Employees,dc=Domain).
    • Server information, including the IP or host name of the Server, as well as the Port.
    • BaseDN: This will limit the scope of LDAP searches to the height of the distinguished name provided.

      Note: Specifying a narrow BaseDN may greatly increase performance; for example, cn=users,dc=domain will only return results contained within cn=users and its children.

  5. Back in the Data Explorer, expand the tables for the connection.
  6. Create a new VCL Forms application and drag a table (for example: User) onto the form.

  7. Select the UserTable object on the form and set the Active property to true.
  8. Right-click on the object, bind visually, and link everything (*) to a new control (TStringGrid).

  9. Arrange the TStringGrid on the form and run the application to see the User data.