Make an Input Field a Drop-Down List


Adaxes allows you to define a list of possible values for any property of Active Directory objects. If property values are limited to a predefined list, users can select a value from a drop-down box, instead of entering the value in a regular input field.


To define allowed values for Active Directory object properties, you need to use Property Patterns. Adaxes provides built-in Property Pattern User Pattern that is by default applied to all user accounts. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Property Pattern to define a list of possible values for a specific property of user accounts.

  1. Launch Adaxes Administration Console.

    Expand Adaxes service \ Configuration \ Property Patterns \ Builtin and select User Pattern.


  2. In the section located to the right, click Add and select the property for which you want to define a list of allowed values.

  3. Select Must be one of the following values only and click Edit.


    In the dialog that opens specify the allowed values for the property.


    Click OK.

  4. If you want to make the property mandatory, check the The property is required checkbox.

  5. Click Save changes.

Any changes made to built-in Property Patterns can be discarded. To do it, right-click a Property Pattern and click Restore to Initial State in the context menu.

Different Patterns for Different Users

By default, Property Pattern User Pattern is applied to scope All Objects.



This means that the list of allowed values for the property will be the same for all users in all domains managed by Adaxes. If you want to apply different settings for different Organizational Units or domains, you need to create a separate Property Pattern for each OU or domain.


  • Right-click Property Patterns, point to New and click Property Pattern.

  • Enter a name for the new Property Pattern and click Next.


  • On the Object Type page, select User and click Next.


  • On the Configuration page, configure options for a property and click Next.


  • To define the scope of activity for the Property Pattern, click Add.


  • In the Activity Scope dialog, select the following items:

    • Specific Domain - select to apply the Property Pattern to all users in a domain.
    • OU or Container - select to apply the Property Pattern to users in an Organizational Unit or container.
    • Group - select to apply the Property Pattern to members of a group.

      Assignments over group members are not applied during user creation.
    • Business Unit - select to apply the Property Pattern to members of a Business Unit. To select a Business Unit, open the Look in drop-down list and select the Business Units item.

    You can exclude specific Organizational Units, Business Units, groups, and domains from the activity scope of the Property Pattern. For example, if you've assigned the Property Pattern over the whole domain, but do not want it to apply to a specific Organizational Unit, you can exclude the Organizational Unit from the activity scope. To exclude an object, select the Exclude option in the Assignment Options dialog box.

    • Click the object you want to exclude.

    • In the Assignment Options dialog, select the Exclude option.


    • Click OK.
  • When done, click Finish.
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