You can use an LDAP service to provide a directory of users and groups for the organization. If you do not specify an LDAP service, you must create a user account for each user in the organization. Only a system administrator can set LDAP options. An organization administrator cannot modify LDAP options.

For more information about entering custom LDAP settings, see Configuring System LDAP Settings.


  1. Select the source for organization users.
    Option Description
    Do not use LDAP Organization administrator creates a local user account for each user in the organization. You cannot create groups if you select this option.
    VCD system LDAP service Use the vCloud Director system LDAP service as the source for organization users and groups.
    Custom LDAP service Connect the organization to its own private LDAP service.
  2. Provide any additional information that your selection requires.
    Option Action
    Do not use LDAP Click Next.
    VCD system LDAP service (Optional) Type the distinguished name of the organizational unit (OU) to use to limit the users that you can import into the organization and click Next. If you do not enter anything, you can import all users in the system LDAP service into the organization.
    Note: Specifying an OU does not limit the LDAP groups you can import. You can import any LDAP group from the system LDAP root. However, only users who are in both the OU and the imported group can log in to the organization.
    Custom LDAP service Click Next and enter the custom LDAP settings for the organization.