VMware Workspace ONE Access – MS Active Directory Integration

Release date: November 13th 2021

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 Identity & Access Management -> Setup…

Select User Attributes from the menu

I deselect email as a Required attribute

Now I can start the actual configuration of my Active Directory. I navigate to the Identity & Access Management section again…

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

I copy the distinguishedName value for my User Group from ADUC

Check the Select All box, click Select Groups and Next…

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

Finally, I adjust the Sync Frequency and click Sync Directory

I can now see my new directory listed under Directories in Workspace ONE Access. I click Sync to do an immediate manual sync.

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

VMware Official documentation: Directory Integration with VMware Workspace ONE Access (v. 21.08)

Workspace ONE Access Product Page

VMware Workspace ONE Access 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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