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Integrate Live LDAP Objects into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server Database for LDAP objects and integrate live LDAP objects into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to LDAP objects from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect the Cloud Hub from Power Apps and build an app based on live LDAP objects.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for LDAP, allowing you to easily integrate with live LDAP objects in Power Apps — without replicating the data. The CData Cloud Hub looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Power Apps and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to LDAP, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return LDAP objects.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for LDAP Objects

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "LDAP" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to LDAP.

    To establish a connection, the following properties under the Authentication section must be provided:

    • 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.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate LDAP objects into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Cloud Hub instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual LDAP database you created earlier (like ldapdb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for LDAP Objects

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live LDAP objects into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live LDAP objects that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to LDAP Objects from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live LDAP objects from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating LDAP objects.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.