Active Directory - Set up Role Mappings

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If you are using Active Directory as the Authentication Service, you will need to access the Role Mapping option from the Server Security Menu which is available to logged-in users. This page maps the Organisations you have set up in the Registry to the Groups and users that you have created in Active Directory.

Example Use Case

In this simple example, we will map existing users in Active Directory to roles in the Registry, allowing these Active Directory users to log into the Regsitry and be granted various permissions.

Server Security - Authentication Service

The relevant settings for Active Directory have been applied.

Authentication Set-up

Active Directory

3 Groups have been created, one for each type of user:

  • Agency
  • Data Provider
  • Data Consumer

7 Users have been created. Game of Thrones is the Agency, John, Cersei and Doran are Data Providers and Baylon, Edmure and Olenna are Data Consumers. Each of the users is a member of the appropriate group.

Ad Groups and Users

Fusion Metadata Registry

In the Organisations area of Fusion Registry, again 7 records exist, the Agency, the 3 Data Providers and the 3 Data Consumers.


Role Mapping

The Role Mapping page is where you specify which Groups in AD map to which Organisations in Fusion Registry. At the moment this page is somewhat counter-intuitive (which we plan to address in a future release), but if you follow the steps below, your mapping will succeed.

Data Providers

Map the Agency

In the Role Mappings page, click the Add Mapping button. The Role Mapping modal will appear and display all the Organisations in the Registry.

Data Consumers

In the field AD Role, enter the Group name exactly as it appear in AD and then select the Agency as shown in the image below.


Click Assign to return to the Role Mapping page.

Map the Data Providers

Again, click the Add Mapping button and enter the AD Group name but this time you can click all three Data Providers as shown on the example below.

Role Mapping

Map the Data Consumers

Click all the Data Consumers and then click Assign.

Map the Users


Having created the 3 mappings, the Role Mappings page will display a line for each Organisation (this is the counter intuitive aspect referred to as above). If you click on any of the Data Consumer records or any of the Data Provider records you will see that they are all the same insofar as all 3 are shown.

Mapping an Agency

However, the mapping has been successful and all 7 AD users will be able to login to the Registry and will have the correct privileges as discussed in this article.

Click here to learn about other functions available in the Role Mapping page.