Active Directory search and authentication made easy using ElDap

We don’t live in a perfect world, and unfortunately we have to often endure Microsoft technologies even though we’d rather play with Ruby. I digress…

I have created a gem called ElDap which makes it easy to search and authenticate against an Active Directory.

Why make this?

The need for this gem arose out of a business requirement for all user authentication to be done against Active Directory. Our users were tired of having to remember multiple usernames and passwords, and asked if they could simply use their network credentials to log into our applications. This gem passes off their username and password to an Active Directory server for authentication.

Additionally, users are also able to search the Active Directory.

If this sounds like something you need, check out El Dap on Github for more information.

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2 thoughts on “Active Directory search and authentication made easy using ElDap

  1. This is a really great tool!

    I’m a completely newbie in Rails, can you post an example of use? I mean a little example including browsing of an AD?

    1. El Dap isn’t necessarily an AD “browser”, in the sense that you are able to arbitrarily browse you AD. What is does allow you to do is authenticate (returning a boolean) or search (which returns a result set). Think Google search for your AD.

      I no longer work within AD so I can’t really provide you with a working example. Check out the tests though – the API is simple and quite easy to use.

      Glad you find it useful!

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