Options for importing and syncing LDAP users and groups in Hue
Configuring Hue for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) enables you to import users and groups from a directory service, synchronize group membership manually or automatically at login, and authenticate users with LDAP.
|LDAP sync option
|Add/Sync LDAP user
|Import and synchronize one user at a time
|Sync LDAP users/groups
|Synchronize user memberships in all groups
|Add/Sync LDAP group
|Import and synchronize all users in one group
|Automatically synchronize group membership at login
Importing a group from LDAP creates a group in Hue. When you synchronize a group, Hue checks the user's group membership in LDAP and synchronizes it to the corresponding group in Hue. To synchronize an LDAP group with Hue, the group must be imported in the Hue database.
For example, if a user belongs to 10 LDAP groups, but only 5 groups are present in Hue, then only these 5 groups are synced when new users are added to these groups. This mechanism helps to avoid including irrelevant group data in the Hue database.
sync_groups_on_login option in the Hue
Advanced Configuration Snippet. However, this process can be burdensome if you have a large
number of users logging in and authenticating simultaneously or new users getting added to the
LDAP group, as multiple synchronization requests are triggered which could cause collisions on
database writes. An alternative approach is to synchronize users using the command line option,
which you can script and automate as a cron job. To manually synchronize LDAP groups having the
newly added users that need to be added to Hue, run the following command separately for each
$HUE_HOME/build/env/bin/hue import_ldap_group --import-members [***LDAP-GROUP-NAME***] --cm-managed