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Authenticating Users via Active Directory

Desktop Central Web Console is the management interface for performing various activities like installing patches, installing/uninstalling software, imposing security restrictions and much more. If an unauthorized person or a hacker gets access to this interface, it allows them to perform some undesirable actions to the extent of taking control of remote computers/servers. While it is possible to restrict users based on specific roles, it does not have any stringent password policies in place to make users change their passwords more frequently.

If you have an Active Directory based Windows Domain setup, you can make use of the Active Directory's password policy work for you. You can set stringent password policy for your domain users and make them login to Desktop Central using their domain username and password.

Making users authenticated via Active Directory is very simple. You just have to add your domain and specify a domain user. The user will have to use their domain Logon name and Password to login to Desktop Central.

Follow the steps mentioned below to add a User through Active Directory:

  • Login to Desktop Central client as an Administrator
  • Click User Administration link available under the Global Settings category
  • Specify the Authentication Type as Active Directory Authentication as shown in the image below.
  • Specify a User Name
  • Specify the Role from the drop down. You can find all the pre-defined roles and the roles that you have created will be listed here
  • Specify the Email address and the Phone number of the user
  • Define the Scope for the user


User authentication