1.4 LDAP Discovery Technology

For LDAP discoveries, the ZENworks discovery engine issues an LDAP request to the LDAP server. The LDAP request contains the LDAP server name, LDAP port, credentials, the context or group to search, and whether or not to recursively search subcontainers or subgroups.

Device objects that are found are queried for well-known attributes (dnsHostName, OperatingSystem, wmNameDNS, wmNameOS, and so forth) to attempt to determine the OS version and DNS name of the device. If the request specifies a recursive search, the context is searched for well-known container objects. For each container object found, a new LDAP request is created for the container object and appended to the search context of the current request.

LDAP discovery tasks require the following information:

  • The connection information (address and port) for the LDAP server.

  • The credentials required for reading information from the LDAP directory.

  • The directory contexts to search for devices.

  • The schedule for running the task. You can schedule it to run immediately or at a specified date and time. Optionally, you can choose to not set a schedule, in which case the task is not run until you manually initiate it or schedule a time.

  • The ZENworks Server that you want to run the task.