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Connection of a UTM to an AD/LDAP

Last adaptation to the version: 11.8.8


  • Automatic setting of Encryption of an LDAP connection
  • The entry has its own place in the menu structure and has been adapted in the layout
  • Notification of Appliance Account-name in cluster operation

Previous versions: 11.5 | 11.7 | 11.8


An AD or LDAP can be used for authentication on the UTM. The rights on the UTM can then be controlled via the group membership in the AD.

In general, this is the Active Directory Service, which manages the domain in a network and controls the authentication of the network users via the LDAP and Kerberos protocol.


To use an AD / LDAP for authentication, users must be created there and organized in groups.

Create user groups in AD

Add a security group
Security group added

The authorizations for the services contained in the UTM can be managed in groups. The users to be assigned to these groups must first be assigned to corresponding user groups in AD.

In this example, the users for Clientless VPN are to be authenticated via the Active Directory Service.

So first of all a group of the type Security Group must be added on the AD, which is given the name ClientlessVPN here.

Add user in AD

Add user in AD
User is a member of the group

The users to be enabled for Clientless VPN are then added to this group.

Integrate UTM into the domain

It is important to make sure that the UTM Time is reasonably synchronized with the AD, since a Kerberos ticket has a limited validity period.

In the menu → Authentication →AD/LDAP Authentication the authentication is configured.

Establishing an AD connection

If there is no AD/LDAP authentication yet, the AD/LDAP authentication wizard opens automatically

Otherwise the wizard can be started with the button Wizard

caption: value: Description:
Step 1: Directory type
Directory type AD - Active Directory
  • In any case, the directory type »AD« should be selected if it is an Active Directory environment.

    Even there is also running an LDAP, the group membership is treated differently in the AD environment than in a pure LDAP server.

  • UTM 11-8 Authentifizierung AD-LDAP-Authentifizierung Assistent Schritt1-en.png
    Step 1
    Step 2: Options
    IP Address or Hostname: » (Example address!) UTM 11-8 Authentifizierung AD-LDAP-Authentifizierung Assistent Schritt2-en.png
    Step 2
    Domain ttt-point.local Domainname
    Workgroup: ttt-point The NETBIOS name of the AD
    If this should differ from the base domain, the correct NETBIOS name must be entered here.
    Appliance Account: sp-utml The name by which the UTM is entered in the AD in the group Computers.
    A unique name that must not be assigned twice!

    When operating the UTM in a cluster, the name in the master and spare must be different. The name is not synchronized!

    Step 3: Nameserver

    If the AD server is not yet entered as the name server, this is done in this step:
    Add Server

    IP Address: : Sample address!
    IP address of an AD server of the domain, if necessary additionally the port
    UTM 11-8 Authentifizierung AD-LDAP-Authentifizierung Assistent Schritt3-en.png
    Step 3: Nameserver

    The AD server is thus added as a relay zone in the name server of the UTM.

    The entry can be found in the menu → Applications →Nameserver in the tab Zones.

    Step 4: Join
    Administratorname: Administrator To join the domain, a user account with domain administrator permissions is required. UTM 11-8 Authentifizierung AD-LDAP-Authentifizierung Assistent Schritt4-en.png
    Password: ••••••••
    When operating the UTM in a cluster, the password on the spare UTM must be entered separately under → Authentication →AD/LDAP AuthenticationTab Join.

    Except of the Appliance Account: (see step 2), all other information in the cluster will be synchronized.
    Complete with Join

    Result of AD connection

    Result in section ╭╴ Status╶╮ :

    Enabled:: On AD/LDAP authentication is enabled. UTM 11-8 Authentifizierung AD-LDAP-Authentifizierung-en.png
    Connection Status: For confirmation the display changes from grey to green.
    Update with

    Extended settings

    SSL: Off The connection to the Active Directory server can be established using SSL encryption. UTM v11.8.8 Authentifizierung AD-LDAP-Authentifizierung Erweitert1-en.png
    Extended settings
    Note on LDAP Encryption: Due to a Microsoft update (originally planned for March 2020), an unencrypted connection to an AD with default settings will no longer be possible in future.

    since 11.8.8 The setting is made automatically by the Securepoint appliance. The option LDAP Encryption has been removed from version 11.8.8

    • existing and new connections are encrypted and signed separately
    • if SSL is activated, no additional encryption is applied
    Root Certificate: Certificate A root certificate can be deposited.
    LDAP-Filter: (|(sAMAccountType=268435456)(sAMAccountType=268435457)(sAMAccountType=805306368)) sAMAccountType=Restricts authentication to members of the following groups: Further filters are possible
    • 268435456 (→ Groups, SAM_ALIAS_OBJECT 0x20000000)
    • 268435457 (→ Non Security Groups, SAM_NON_SECURITY_ALIAS_OBJECT 0x20000001)
    • 805306368 (→ User Accounts, SAM_USER_OBJECT 0x30000000)
    User-Attribute:: sAMAccountName Attributes can be defined under which the AD administration stores the user information and which can then be queried by the UTM:
    Mail-Attribute: » proxyAddresses

    The attributes from OTP to SSL VPN, which are entered here, usually do not exist in the AD.
    For example, to store the OTP secret code on the AD, an unused attribute of the AD schema can be used, which contains this secret code of the user.
    A corresponding instruction can be found in the article Integrating the OTP function into the Active Directory.
    OTP-Attribute: sPOTPSecret
    L2TP-Attribute: sPL2TPAddress
    SSL-VPN-Attribute (IPv4): sPOVPNAddress
    SSL-VPN-Attribute (IPv6): sPOVPNIP6Address
    SSL-Bump-Attribute: sPSSLBumpMode
    Cert-Attribute: sPCertificate
    Page Size: 500   Link= In larger environments, LDAP requests may exceed the maximum number of records defined on the server side (1000 in AD). With Page Size you can set that the LDAP query is executed piecewise. A page size of 500 means 500 data records per query. A page size of 0 deactivates a step-by-step LDAP query.

    AD Grant permissions to user groups

    Group permissions

    To grant users from the Active Directory the permissions for accessing the UTM user interface and using the Clientless VPN, a group with exactly these permissions is created in the → Authentication →UserTab Groups Button Add Group menu.

    Active Permissions Note
    On Userinterface
    On Clientless VPN Gewünschte Berechtigung

    Select user group from AD
    In the tab Directory Service the corresponding group from the Active Directory can now be selected and assigned.

    Further information about Clientless VPN permissions can be found in the wiki for Clientless VPN.


    After saving, every user who is a member of the AD group ClientlessVPN can log on to the UTM with their Windows domains access data for using the Clientless VPN.

    Überprüfen der AD Anbindung mit CLI

    Validating the AD connection with CLI

    Joining and leaving the domain

    To validate whether the UTM has already joined the domain:

    cli> system activedirectory testjoin
    Join is OK

    If this is not the case, the following output will take place

    cli> system activedirectory testjoin
    Not joined

    In this case the domain can be joined with the following command

    cli> system activedirectory join password Beispiel-Admin-Passwort
    Password for Administrator@TTT-POINT.LOCAL: 
    Processing principals to add...
    Enter Administrator's password:
    Using short domain name -- TTT-POINT
    Joined 'SP-UTML' to dns domain 'ttt-point.local'

    The command to leave the domain is

    cli> system activedirectory leave password Beispiel-Admin-Passwort
    Enter Administrator's password:
    Deleted account for 'SP-UTML' in realm 'TTT-POINT.LOCAL'

    When entering or leaving the Active Directory, the administrator password must be entered. The password is not stored, but the AD membership is nevertheless rebootable.

    Display AD groups

    With the following command the groups can be listed in the Active Directory:

    cli> system activedirectory lsgroups
    Abgelehnte RODC-Kennwortreplikationsgruppe
    Discovery Management
    Exchange Servers

    Verification of users and group membership

    The following command checks whether an AD user is assigned to an UTM group:

    cli> user check name "m.meier" groups grp_ClientlessVPN

    If this is not the case, the output is

    not a member

    Command to display the group membership and permissions for an AD user:

    cli> user get name m.meier
    name   |groups           |permission

    Domain controller behind site-to-site VPN

    In some scenarios, the domain controller is located behind a site-to-site VPN tunnel. If this is the case, a corresponding zone and rule must be configured.
    DNS-Relay bei IPSec-S2S
    DNS-Relay bei SSL-S2S
    Attention: To join an active directory located behind a VPN tunnel, the LDAP ports are required in the NAT rule towards the domain controller in addition to the DNS ports.