Customize Active Directory Search

Adaxes Web Interface provides powerful capabilities for Active Directory search. Administrators, for example, can use the Web Interface to perform a wide range of advanced queries such as users whose passwords never expire or users required to use smart cards for logon. For other users, the variety of search parameters may be confusing. To avoid that, the Web Interface can be configured to provide search only for specific types of Active Directory objects using a limited set of search criteria. If necessary, it is possible to completely disable the Active Directory search feature in the Web Interface.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to customize search features in Adaxes Web Interface.

  1. Open Adaxes Web Interface Configurator.

    • On a computer, where Web Interface Configurator is installed, open the Start menu.
    • On the Start menu, select Adaxes Web Interface Configurator.

    The permissions to configure the Web Interface are delegated via Security Roles. By default, only Service Administrators have the appropriate rights. To enable other users to configure the Web Interface, grant them the corresponding permissions.

    • In Adaxes Administration Console, right-click your Adaxes service, point to New and click Security Role.
    • Enter a name for the new Security Role and click Next.
    • On the Permissions page, click the arrow inside the Add button and select Configure Web Interface.
    • Click Next and follow the steps in the wizard.
  2. In the top left corner, select the Web Interface you want to customize.

  3. In the left navigation menu, click Search.

  4. If you want to completely disable search features in the Web Interface, select Disable search.

  5. Quick Search

    Quick Search enables users to find Active Directory objects by their names.

    To customize the Quick Search feature:

    • Activate the Quick Search tab.

    • Select the object types that will be shown in search results.

  6. Advanced Search

    Advanced Search allows users to find AD objects using a combination of search criteria.

    To access Advanced Search, click the button located inside the Search box.

    To customize the Advanced Search feature:

    • Activate the Advanced Search tab.

    • Select the object types available for search and specify properties to be used as search criteria.

  7. Alphabetical Search

    Alphabetical Search allows locating AD objects by the first letter of their names.

    • Click the button located inside the Search box.

    • In the pane that appears to the left, activate the Alphabetical tab.

    To customize Alphabetical Search:

    • Activate the Alphabetical Search tab.

    • Select the types of AD objects users will see in search results.

  8. Columns in Search Results

    To configure columns that will be displayed by default in search results:

    • Click Browsing in the left navigation menu.

    • In the Columns section select Search.

    • In the Columns visible by default list specify the columns that will be visible in search results by default.

    • Use the Group By and Sort By options to specify how to group and sort columns by default in search results.

      Sorting or grouping search results can negatively affect the overall search performance, as instead of loading only the visible part of the results, the entire result set will be fetched.

    For more details on how to configure columns, see Configure Column Settings.

  9. Save the changes.

    The settings in a section can be applied to other Web Interface types. For this purpose, in the top right corner of the section, click the down arrow button and choose Apply to other Web Interfaces.

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