On-premise for Windows Server

If you need any help configuring the following steps, be sure to get in touch: info@vizito.be or via chat.

The AD integration is configured by using the Vizito AD client which needs to be installed on a device/server which the tablet can connect to. So the tablet needs to be able to communicate to this device/server via its network.

Please find a schematic representation below: Vizito ldap client network

Step 1: NodeJS

Use your favorite package manager to install NodeJS

Step 2: Vizito AD client

Download and extract our Vizito AD client to a directory of your choice

Step 3: Config

Edit config.json to match your environment.

Here you can find the configuration values and a description of what information you need to enter:

JSON property Mandatory Description
ldap*url Yes The internal URL / IP of your LDAP server. Example: _ldap://ldap.forumsys.com .*
ldap*bind_credentials.user_cn Yes The user CN that is used for the LDAP bind. Usually a specific technical user is created for this with read only rights.
ldap_bind_credentials.password Yes The password for the LDAP bind user.
search_scope Yes This configures the search depth: _base* - searches only the searchbase level; _one - searches only the immediate subordinates to the base object, but does not include the base object itself; sub - this searches the search*base level and all of its subtrees.
search*base Yes The search base used for looking up CN entries. This should be the top level of your LDAP domain where you want to look for entries.
mobile_prefix No If your LDAP dictionary contains local or internal mobile phone numbers (without country code), you can add a prefix containing the country code. The first character of the local or internal mobile phone number will be replaced with this prefix.
ldap_filter No If you want to filter the LDAP search results, you can do so using an ldap filter. This searches only for matching records.
Examples of this filter are: only persons belonging to a specific group, only persons having a mobile phone number configured, … .
An example of a filter: *(&(memberof=OU=VizitoGroup,OU=Applications,OU=Groups,DC=company,DC=com))* .
api*port Yes Default value: _48800*. This configures the port at which the node application will listen for HTTP(s) requests.
use*ssl_for_api Yes Default value: _false*. If set to _true_, it will use the ssl.ca, ssl.key and ssl.cert configuration items to load a private key / public key pair for enabling TLS communication.
Read up here on creating your own self-signed certificates using a custom root CA.
authentication.enabled Yes Indicates if basic authentication is needed to make a request to this server.
authentication.username No The username that is configured for basic authentication.
authentication.password No The password that is configured for basic authentication.

Step 4: Run

Navigate to the folder where your ldap client resides, and run

  • “npm install” (only required once)
  • “node server.js”

If everything works as intended, you should see “Server is listening” You can now use a browser to test the LDAP http server by pointing your browser to http://ip_or_hostname_of_machine_running_ldap_client:48800 (change the port if you changed it in the config file) If you’re running a firewall, make sure it allows access to the port you configured (default 48800). If your browser shows a JSON object representing the users you want to expose, than everything works!

Step 5: Configure the backoffice to make the tablet connect to the client

Navigate to https://backoffice.vizito.be and under Settings, configure the Host datasource as ‘Managed externally’ and fill in the Integration URL.

An example: http://192.168.1.100:48800.

Now the tablet will look up the information from the installed client.

Step 6: Use NSSM to daemonize the node process as a Windows Service

Download the latest release of NSSM at https://nssm.cc/download extract the appropriate architecture executable to a folder of your choice. now run the following command: nssm install ldap_client This will show a window where your service parameters can be configured.

  • Select “node.exe” as Path. It can usually be found in c:Program Files (x86)nodejsnode.exe
  • Type the full path to server.js in the Arguments field
  • Optionally, you can set a Display name for your service in the Details tab.

Now go to your Windows Services, start your newly created service, and test! Remember to stop any manually started instances of the LDAP client before starting the service.

Troubleshooting

Demo services are available for testing purposes. They include names such as “Tesla”, “Newton”, etc..

  • HTTP version: http://178.162.136.223:48800
  • HTTPS version: https://vizito.eu:48801

If you’re using a HTTPS configuration you can configure multiple CA references. Add each CA between " (quotes) in the CA array, which you can find in the config.JSON file.