Synchronizing with Active Directory allows you to automatically transfer the OU structure to your network tree. A group will be created for each OU in the current domain, and each computer in the domain will be moved to its proper place in the structure. You can synchronize both the entire storage and the individual storage group.
To be able to synchronize the storage with AD, you must either specify the domain controller in Options – General or set the AD object's LDAP address in the properties of the Storage root. Then right-click the root node and choose one of the two synchronization options:
Synchronize storage with AD will prompt you to synchronize groups, devices and AD users. Synchronize with AD is limited to groups and devices.
To be able to synchronize a separate group in the storage, set the AD object's LDAP address in the group properties. Then right-click the group node and choose Synchronize with AD.
During the synchronization, assets will receive Location and Description retrieved from AD (if they are filled), and also the OS Version (for assets that have logged into the domain at least once).
Users are also synchronized with AD during every Storage synchronization, and can be synced separately by going to the Edit – Users tab and clicking Synchronize with AD. This function retrieves AD users with their names, positions, contact info, etc. and places them into your Storage for convenient search and report building.
Placeholders are created for each device that has been discovered in the domain but has not yet been scanned. These placeholders are empty nodes that can be rescanned to retrieve inventory information. They will be displayed as in the Network tree, and the following hint will be displayed in the Viewer & reports – General information tab for such assets:
Placeholders contain some basic information from AD: Description, Location, OS name, its version and installed Service Pack.
You also get to choose which action to take if a previously scanned PC has not been discovered in the domain during synchronization: move it to a separate group or delete it.
You can configure TNI to perform synchronization on startup. This and several other switches are located in Options – General.
Active Directory synchronization is one-way only: it's only possible to import data from AD to TNI at this time.