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Posted on 2014-07-25
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I'm trying to set up Active Directory authentication to my Watchguard Firewall.  It's telling that I need to 1st extend the Active Directory Schema - Doesn't this mean I need to create an AD group for the firewall access and add it to the firewall?  I'm trying to have my users authenticate to AD instead of the firewall.
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by:Mahesh
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What active directory schema version you are running ?

Windows 2003 \ 2008 \ 2008 R2 \ 2012 \ 2012 R2 ?

You need to check firewall documentation what minimum active directory domain controller version it require to make integration ?

Accordingly you may need to extend ad schema to later AD version
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by:WellingtonIS
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2012 I guess I'm asking how to extend ad schema?
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by:Mahesh
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Ok
Extending AD schema for 3rd party tools \ software is not easy and risky operation.
Basically AD requires proper ldf files to be imported to AD schema get extended
According to me, you need to consult either firewall vendor or Microsoft Support to extend AD schema for custom attributes

Check below article
http://www.watchguard.com/help/docs/wsm/xtm_11/en-US/index.html#cshid=en-US/authentication/ldap_optional_settings_about_c.html
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by:WellingtonIS
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ADSI edit.. But why in the world would I need to do that for Authentication for a Watchguard firewall?  ALl the documentation says Before You Begin

To use these optional settings you must:
■Extend the directory schema to add new attributes for these items.
■Make the new attributes available to the object class that user accounts belong to.
 ■Give values to the attributes for the user objects that should use them
I've set up AD but I have no idea what attributes I need to add.  Is there documentation somewhere in the world explaining this?
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That is why I suggested you to please contact firewall vendor support or MS support
Either vendor should provide ldf files to import in AD or MS can do that
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