You use Active Directory in App Volumes to assign applications and writable volumes to users, groups, computers, and Organizational Units (OUs).

As an administrator with full access to App Volumes Manager, you can configure and work with Active Directory domains and users in many ways:

  • Add multiple Active Directory domains and assign unique credentials and administrator access to users from these domains.

  • Assign writable volumes to a specific user.

  • Filter entities based on their domain.

  • Search across multiple Active Directory domains.

  • Manage assignments for any user, group, or computer from any configured Active Directory domain.

  • Add multiple domain controller hosts.

Active Directory Objects Lookup

App Volumes Manager looks up Active Directory objects by their GUID instead of UPN (User Principal Name). Hence administrators can move users across domains and organizational units (OUs) and even rename users and computers without affecting their AppStacks or Writable Volumes assignments .

Automatic Active Directory Synchronization

App Volumes Manager maintains a database record for any Active Directory that is seen by an App Volumes agent or assigned to an AppStack or a Writable Volume.

A background job runs every hour to synchronize up to 100 entities in the Active Directory. If there are more than 100 objects, then the next batch of 100 objects is synchronized in the hour after the first batch of objects has been synchronized.


GUID synchronization from Active Directory servers might take up to a week and it varies based on the number of objects that are present in the system.