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Connect to Active Directory Data in as an External Source in Dremio

Use the CData JDBC Driver to connect to Active Directory as an External Source in Dremio.

The CData JDBC Driver for Active Directory implements JDBC Standards and allows various applications, including Dremio, to work with live Active Directory data. Dremio is a data lakehouse platform designed to empower self-service, interactive analytics on the data lake. With the CData JDBC Driver, you can include live Active Directory data as a part of your enterprise data lake. This article describes how to connect to Active Directory data from Dremio as an External Source.

The CData JDBC Driver enables high-speed access to live Active Directory data in Dremio. Once you install the driver, authenticate with Active Directory and gain immediate access to Active Directory data within your data lake. By surfacing Active Directory data using native data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, the CData JDBC Driver grants seamless access to Active Directory data.

Build the ARP Connector

To use the CData JDBC Driver in Dremio, you need to build an Advanced Relation Pushdown (ARP) Connector. You can view the source code for the Connector on GitHub or download the ZIP file ( directly. Once you copy or extract the files, run the following command from the root directory of the connector (the directory containing the pom.xml file) to build the connector.

mvn clean install

Once the JAR file for the connector is built (in the target directory), you are ready to copy the ARP connector and JDBC Driver to your Dremio instance.

Installing the Connector and JDBC Driver

Install the ARP Connector to %DREMIO_HOME%/jars/ and the JDBC Driver for Active Directory to %DREMIO_HOME%/jars/3rdparty. You can use commands similar to the following:

ARP Connector

docker cp PATH\TO\dremio-activedirectory-plugin-20.0.0.jar dremio_image_name:/opt/dremio/jars/

JDBC Driver for Active Directory

docker cp PATH\TO\cdata.jdbc.activedirectory.jar dremio_image_name:/opt/dremio/jars/3rdparty/

Connecting to Active Directory

Active Directory will now appear as an External Source option in Dremio. The ARP Connector built uses a JDBC URL to connect to Active Directory data. The JDBC Driver has a built-in connection string designer that you can use (see below).

Built-in Connection String Designer

For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Active Directory JDBC Driver. 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.

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.

NOTE: To use the JDBC Driver in Dremio, you will need a license (full or trial) and a Runtime Key (RTK). For more information on obtaining this license (or a trial), contact our sales team.

Add the Runtime Key (RTK) to the JDBC URL. You will end up with a JDBC URL similar to the following:

jdbc:activedirectory:RTK=5246...;User=cn=Bob F,ou=Employees,dc=Domain;Password=bob123;Server=;Port=389;

Access Active Directory as an External Source

To add Active Directory as an External Source, click to add a new source and select ActiveDirectory. Copy the JDBC URL and paste it into the New ActiveDirectory Source wizard.

Save the connection and you are ready to query live Active Directory data in Dremio, easily incorporating Active Directory data into your data lake.

More Information & Free Trial

Using the CData JDBC Driver for Active Directory in Dremio, you can incorporate live Active Directory data into your data lake. Check out our CData JDBC Driver for Active Directory page for more information about connecting to Active Directory. Download a free, 30 day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Active Directory and get started today.