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Recapping the first half of the year, we’ve introduced a lot of new product capabilities which include the Live Viewer, Clone Option, and Public Application Boxes to make it easier for DevOps to work together in small teams, and collaborate on large projects across organizations.

Cloud Application Manager continues to help IT management teams automate deployments in compliance with their corporate policies, the latest launched feature: Enhanced LDAP Groups. In our commitment to simplify the life of IT ops we are providing them with more visibility, control and insight into their users and resource trends.

We introduced LDAP groups 2 years ago, to help sync LDAP groups in your organization with Cloud Application Manager workspaces. This tool enables users to sign in with their org credentials and immediately start working in a team assigned workspace in Cloud Application Manager. Reduced setup friction, simplified on-boarding process, and controlled access to deployment assets are just some of the benefits of integrating LDAP in Cloud Application Manager.

So what does this enhancement mean for you? Beyond refreshing the portal and user experience, the Enhanced LDAP Groups offers filtering of groups for easier discovery of complex implementations and support for posixGroups. The group filtering allows you to sort and show only your desired users and groups, which saves significant time when performing regular maintenance and auditing tasks. Since all groups are provided in the all-up query, this allows you to sync only certain groups (e.g.: only specific engineering or operations teams). That way you can have only the desired groups synced and reduce the sprawl of group records.

The LDAP groups support have been expanded to POSIX groups. Previously, all groups needed to be one of these objectClass: group, groupOfNames or groupOfUniqueNames. The membership of the user in those groups was checked by the member or uniqueMember attribute. With the latest enhancement, we now support posixGroups and using the attribute memberUid. This helps organization using posixGroups to also use them in Cloud Application Manager.

For Active Directory users with lots of groups, we currently use pagination to retrieve your groups, allowing you to have more groups. The support for pagination is auto-detected so you don’t need to configure anything.

From an experience perspective, the UI has been re-designed from the ground up based on feedback from customers. The fields have been rearranged and clarified, and we provide a way to preview all synced LDAP groups. We also added a way to test the LDAP configuration while you are editing to help you prevent any issues in advance.

New LDAP Source

You’ll find LDAP groups on the left upper side within the Authentication option. Once you sync your LDAP groups, any user in your Cloud Application Manager organization can edit their team workspace and search various attributes. They can also add LDAP groups or a specific member of the group.

LDAP Group Sync

What Happens When Changes Occur to LDAP Groups?

Cloud Application Manager detects group member changes when a user from that LDAP group logs in. Any general changes to the groups get updated every 24 hours or manually when you sync.

  • If a user is deleted in LDAP, they will not be able to sign-in to Cloud Application Manager
  • If a user is removed or moved out of an LDAP group, when they log in, they would no longer have access to the corresponding workspaces where they were a member.

With this enhancement, LDAP configuration is easier than ever, supporting more LDAP server and speeding the setup.

Managing user authentication is easier with Enhanced LDAP Groups. Try it out now!

Want to Learn More About Cloud Application Manager and ElasticKube?

Cloud Application Manager is a powerful, scalable platform for deploying applications into production across any cloud infrastructure – private, public or hosted. It provides interactive visualization to automate application provisioning, including configuration, deployment, scaling, updating and migration of applications in real-time. Offering two approaches to cloud orchestration — Cloud Application Manager and ElasticKube — enterprise IT and developers alike can benefit from multi-cloud flexibility.

Explore ElasticKube by visiting GitHub (curl -s https://elastickube.com | bash).

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