Active Directory and SynaMan

Starting from v3.1, administrators can integrate SynaMan with Active directory, which solves two problems:
  • Eliminates the need for creating users manually
    If a user exists on your Windows network, it is automatically added in SynaMan when they first log in. Additionally, every user that is created automatically can be assigned a home folder allowing them to upload and download files without any manual work.
  • Passwords are synchronized
    It is common for users to change their passwords periodically. Since users are tied with your Windows domain, SynaMan will always query Active Directory to authenticate users. This eliminates the need for administrators to modify passwords.


  • You must use the Enterprise edition of SynaMan. Active Directory support is not available in Personal and Professional edition
  • You must have a Microsoft Active Directory installed on any machine on your network. Typically, an AD is installed on the machine designated as the domain controller.

    At this time, only MS Active Directory is supported. Future releases will add support for other LDAP servers.

Steps to enable

  • Login to the web interface using the admin account.
  • Click Configuration and then Advanced Configuration
  • Select the tab for Active Directory
  • The following table describes fields on this page.

    Field name Description
    AD Host: Host name or IP address of the domain controller that is running Active Directory
    AD Domain Name: This refers to Active Directory domain name, which could be different than the email domain for your company. If you are not sure what to type in this field, invoke Active Directory Users and Computers. Click here for a screenshot.
    Base DN: This refers to the Base DN for your Active Directory. If you are not sure what to type here, specify Host name and AD Domain name, save the values and then click the link in the description area to fetch this value. Click here for a screen shot.

    A valid BaseDN is typically in the following format:


  • Click Apply to save.

Usage recommendation

If you decide to use Active Directory integration, we recommend you also specify a User Home Root, which creates a home folder for every new user who logs in for the first time and is authenticated on your network. When a home folder is not specified, users who login for the first time won't have access to any folder on the machine rendering their account useless.


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