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Directories contain authentication and authorisation information about users, groups and roles. Crowd supports an unlimited number of directories. Administrators can use different directories to create silos of users. For example, you might store your customers in one directory and your employees in another.

Crowd supports the following types of directory:

  • Crowd Internal Directory
    Internal directories use the Crowd database to store user, group and role information. Internal directories are stored in Crowd's database server.
  • Delegated Authentication Directory
    A Delegated Authentication directory combines the features of an internal Crowd directory with delegated LDAP authentication. This means that you can have your users authenticated via an external LDAP directory while managing the users and groups in Crowd. You can use Crowd's flexible and simple group management when the LDAP groups do not suit your requirements. Alternatively, you can have Crowd import users' group memberships from LDAP each time they authenticate.
  • LDAP Directory Connector
  • Remote Crowd Directory Connector
    Remote Crowd directories allow Crowd to Crowd connections. In other words, one Crowd server can obtain users and groups from another Crowd server.
  • Custom Directory Connector
    Custom directory connectors allow developers to connect Crowd to custom user-stores, such as existing databases or legacy systems.

You can add as many directories of each type as you need.

To add a directory,

  1. Log in to the Crowd Administration Console.
  2. Click the 'Directories' link in the top navigation bar.
  3. This will display the Directory Browser. Click the 'Add Directory' link.
  4. This will display the 'Select Directory Type' screen (see below). Click the button corresponding to the type of directory you want to add:

(info) Once a directory has been configured, you will need to specify permissions for its users. You can then map the directory to appropriate applications.

Screenshot: 'Select Directory Type'

Related Topics

Crowd Documentation