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Connect to Active Directory Data in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL)

Transfer Active Directory data using the visual workflow in the CloverDX data integration tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Active Directory enables you to use the data transformation components in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL) to work with Active Directory as sources and destinations. In this article, you will use the JDBC Driver for Active Directory to set up a simple transfer into a flat file. The CData JDBC Driver for Active Directory enables you to use the data transformation components in CloverDX (formerly CloverETL) to work with Active Directory as sources and destinations. In this article, you will use the JDBC Driver for Active Directory to set up a simple transfer into a flat file.

Connect to Active Directory as a JDBC Data Source

  1. Create the connection to Active Directory data. In a new CloverDX graph, right-click the Connections node in the Outline pane and click Connections -> Create Connection. The Database Connection wizard is displayed.
  2. Click the plus icon to load a driver from a JAR. Browse to the lib subfolder of the installation directory and select the cdata.jdbc.activedirectory.jar file.
  3. Enter the JDBC URL.

    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.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Active Directory JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.activedirectory.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:activedirectory:User=cn=Bob F,ou=Employees,dc=Domain;Password=bob123;Server=10.0.1.2;Port=389;

Query Active Directory Data with the DBInputTable Component

  1. Drag a DBInputTable from the Readers selection of the Palette onto the job flow and double-click it to open the configuration editor.
  2. In the DB connection property, select the Active Directory JDBC data source from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the SQL query. For example: SELECT Id, LogonCount FROM User

Write the Output of the Query to a UniversalDataWriter

  1. Drag a UniversalDataWriter from the Writers selection onto the jobflow.
  2. Double-click the UniversalDataWriter to open the configuration editor and add a file URL.
  3. Right-click the DBInputTable and then click Extract Metadata.
  4. Connect the output port of the DBInputTable to the UniversalDataWriter.
  5. In the resulting Select Metadata menu for the UniversalDataWriter, choose the User table. (You can also open this menu by right-clicking the input port for the UniversalDataWriter.)
  6. Click Run to write to the file.