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Import User IDs From Active Directory

Whilst you can define each of your model users individually and specifically for Enterprise Architect security, you can also import your Windows user IDs from Windows Active Directory and use those as the security user IDs with Windows Authentication. If you set up your security user IDs in this  way, when a user opens the model the system checks the users database for their Windows ID and, if it matches, automatically logs the user in without prompting for a password.

As a pre-requisite, you create an appropriate user group into which to import the user IDs; you can also use this to assign appropriate permissions to the user IDs as a whole.

Access     Project | Security | Manage Users

Import user IDs from Windows Active Directory



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On the Security Users dialog do not complete any user details fields. Instead, select the Accept Windows Authentication checkbox and click on the Import button.

The Import Users dialog displays.




Click on the down arrow in the Security Group field and select the appropriate security group for the imported user IDs.




Click on the Add button.

The Select Users dialog displays.




If the Select this object type field has not defaulted to Users:

1.Click on the Object Types button; the Object Types dialog displays
2.Select the checkbox against Users (the type of object to import from the Active Directory).
3.Click on the OK button to return to the Select Users dialog.




Click on the Locations button.

The Locations dialog displays.




Browse for and select the location to import from within the Active Directory.

Click on the OK button to return to the Select Users dialog.




In the Enter the object names to select field, either:

·Type in the user IDs individually (click on the examples link to see examples of the correct formats) and go to step 13, or
·Click on the Advanced button to search for IDs; the Select Users dialog redisplays showing a Common Queries tab




In the Name and Description fields, type any characters or text that help identify the IDs you are searching for.




In the Starts with field, click on the drop-down arrow and, if necessary, select a different qualifier.




Optionally, to further filter the IDs to search for, select the Disabled accounts or Non-expiring password checkboxes, and/or select a value in the Days since last logon field.




Click on the Find Now button to initiate the search, and to display a list of IDs in the bottom panel of the dialog.

You can vary the types of information shown here by clicking on the Columns button and selecting the column headings to display, then dragging the column titles into the sequence you prefer.




When you have identified the IDs to import, click on a required ID (or press (Ctrl) or (Shift) while you click to select several) and click on the OK button.

The Select Users dialog redisplays, with the selected ID or IDs listed in the Enter the object names to select field.




Click on the OK button to redisplay the Import Users dialog with the selected users' names listed in the Users panel.




Click on the Import button to add the user IDs to the Security Users dialog.




Click on a user ID to populate the dialog fields with the user ID details.

Optionally, you can start to set group membership and/or single permissions.


Group Membership

Set Single Permissions



·You must have Security - Manage Users permission to maintain users; the initial Admin administrator and Administrators group automatically have this permission
·As a security measure, the Window Authentication is automatically deactivated if the project file is moved to a different location; once the file has been relocated, you can toggle the Accept Windows Authentication checkbox to reactivate Windows Authentication.
·Enterprise Architect generates random passwords for Windows user IDs; however, if necessary you can assign a new password to an imported user ID

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