VMware Workspace ONE Access – MS Active Directory Integration

Release date: November 13th 2021, Updated January 25th 2023

Welcome to my VMware Workspace ONE Access series. In this session I will describe how I configured my Active Directory integration using the VMware Workspace ONE Access connector, I installed and configured in my previous session. Before I start this sessions, I have created a user in AD who has permissions to query my AD. This will be my Bind user, and I make sure that the password doesn’t expire on this account.

First, as I don’t have the email attribute active on my users in AD, I will remove this as a prerequisite for user sync. From the top menu I select Settings and User Attribute from the menu on the left. I deselect email as a Required attribute

Now I can start the actual configuration of my Active Directory. From the top menu I select Integrations and Directories from the menu on the left. In the directory sub-section, I click on Add Directory and choose Active Directory

I provide the necessary details for the new directory and enter the credentials I use to Bind to MS Active Directory, Save & Configure

I select my domain, Next…

The attribute mapping looks OK, Next…

I copy the distinguishedName value for my User Group OU from ADUC

I’m now prompted to add Groups from Active Directory to Workspace ONE Access. I click the plus sign…Next…

I wont be synchronizing any individual Users at this time, Next…

Finally, I adjust the Sync Frequency and click Sync Directory

After a while, I can verify that my user group is synced with the group members

With that, the configuration of my Active Directory is done. The users are synced and visible in Workspace One Access. I’m now ready to configure the VMware Horizon integration, which I have described here: VMware Workspace ONE Access – Horizon 8 Integration

Official VMware documentation:

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.

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