The Connectors page lists deployed connectors for your enterprise network. A connector syncs user and group data between Active Directory and the Directories Management service, and when it is used as the identity provider, authenticates users to the service.

In vRealize Automation, each vRealize Automation appliance contains its own connector, and these connectors are suitable for most deployments.

When you associate a directory with a connector instance, the connector creates a partition for the associated directory called a worker. A connector instance can have multiple workers associated with it. Each worker acts as an identity provider. The connector syncs user and group data between Active Directory and the service through one or more workers. You define and configure authentication methods on a per worker basis.

You can manage various aspects of an Active Directory link from the Connectors page. This page contains a table and several buttons that enable you to complete various management tasks.

  • In the Worker column, select a worker to view the connector's details and navigate to the Auth Adapters page to see the status of the available authentication methods. For information about authentication, see Integrating Alternative User Authentication Products with Directories Management.

  • In the Identity Provider column, select the IdP to view, edit or disable. See Configure an Identity Provider Instance.

  • In the Associated Directory column, access the directory associated with this worker.

  • Click Join Domain to join the connector to a specific Active Directory domain. For example when you configure Kerberos authentication, you must join the Active Directory domain either containing users or having trust relationship with the domains containing users.

  • When you configure a directory with an Integrated Windows Authentication Active Directory, the connector joins the domain according to the configuration details.