vRealize Operations Manager uses two authentication sources that enable you to import and authenticate users and user group information that reside on another machine: the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) platform-independent protocol, and single sign-on.

You can manage authentication sources by selecting Administration and clicking Authentication Sources.

Authentication Sources Toolbar and Data Grid



Authentication Sources toolbar

To manage authentication sources, use the toolbar icons.

Add icon: Add an authentication source, and provide the information for the source in the Add Source for User and Group Import dialog box.

Edit icon: Edit the selected authentication source, and modify the details in the Edit Source dialog box.

Delete icon. Delete an authentication source.

Synchronize User Groups icon. Synchronize LDAP users in the selected LDAP user groups.

Source Display Name

Name that you assign to the authentication source.

Source Type

Indicates the type of directory services access technology to access the source machine where the authentication database of user accounts resides. Options include:

Open LDAP: A platform-independent protocol that provides access to an LDAP database on another machine to import user accounts.

Active directory: Microsoft directory access technology used to import user accounts from an LDAP database on a Windows machine. vRealize Operations Manager supports Windows Server 2003 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 and later versions.

Other: Specifies any other LDAP based directory services, such as Novel or Open DJ, used to import user accounts from an LDAP database on a Linux Mac machine.

SSO SAML: An open-standard data format that enables Web browser single sign-on.


Name or IP address of the host machine where the user database resides.


Port used for the import.

Base DN

Base distinguished name for the user search. vRealize Operations Manager will locate only the users under the Base DN. The Base DN is an elementary entry for an imported user's distinguished name (DN), which is the base entry for the user name without the need for other related information such as the full path to the user account, or the inclusion of related domain components. Although vRealize Operations Manager populates the Base DN, an Administrator must verify the Base DN before saving the LDAP configuration.

Auto Synchronization

When selected, enables vRealize Operations Manager to map imported LDAP users to user groups.

Last Synchronized

Date and time that the synchronization last occurred.