Connect to LDAP Objects in DBArtisan

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The LDAP ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live LDAP directory services, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access LDAP objects like you would a database - define custom tables for any ObjectClass, and then perform SQL queries through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

Use wizards in DBArtisan to configure LDAP objects as a data source.

The CData ODBC Driver for LDAP seamlessly integrates LDAP objects into database management tools like DBArtisan by enabling you to access LDAP objects as a database. This article shows how to create an data source for LDAP in DBArtisan and execute queries. You can then edit data visually and execute standard SQL.

Integrate LDAP Objects into DBArtisan Projects

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

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.

You can then follow the steps below to register LDAP objects as a database instance in your project:

  1. In DBArtisan, click Data Source -> Register Datasource.
  2. Select Generic ODBC.
  3. Enter a name for the data source and select the DSN.
  4. Finish the wizard to connect to LDAP objects. LDAP entities are displayed in the Datasource Explorer.

You can now work with LDAP objects as you work with any other database. See the driver help documentation for more information on the queries supported by the LDAP API.