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About Directory Services

Note: This topic applies to the Leeds Release.

The Smoothwall’s authentication service is designed to enable the Smoothwall to connect to multiple directory services in order to:

Retrieve groups configured in directories, and apply network and web filtering permissions to users based on group membership within directories
Verify the identity of a user who is trying to access network or Internet resources.

Once the connection to a directory service has been configured, the Smoothwall retrieves a list of the groups configured in the directory and maps them to the available groups.

When the groups have been mapped, permissions and network access permissions in the filtering and outgoing sections can be granted on the basis of group membership.

The Smoothwall supports the following directory services: