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Moving from OS X Server to Windows Server with external Authentication (AD)

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After moving to Windows server I can't Authenticate with Display Name (First name Lastname) I have to use the User logon name.

I have a lot of places where I use Get ( AccountName ) in my solution.

I could map the name but prefer changing login.

Is it possible to use the Display Name on windows server to login with?



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No.  What you put in the login name in AD is all you can use:



Note that this also shows that the user can use 3 different login syntaxes:





FM will accept all 3 of them but your Get(AccountName) will return exactly what the user entered.  So you may need to do some post processing of the Get(Accountname) output

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1- On your Filemaker Server, be sure that option of "External Server Account" is enabled

2 - Add your Filemaker Server to your ( AD) Domain

2 -Create a new group in your Domain

2- Add users to your new group

3- Create a new privilege with the same name and select Authentificate via External Server for this privelege

4- the SSO (Single Sign-On) will work


You can create several groups and set one privilege per group.


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47 minutes ago, Rachid Taaroufi said:

4- the SSO (Single Sign-On) will work

Careful now - that statement is too generic; SSO only works under very strict conditions, namely only in a all-Windows line-up.  If the users are on macOS workstations for instance SSO won't work.  If the users do not log into their Windows workstations with an AD account then SSO won't work either.

The question here was not about how to set up EA, but about not being able to use the "DisplayName" on an AD account.  Whereas for instance on macOS with Open Directory you can use both the user's long name and the short name, which is what prompted the question.

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