Directory service settings
Directory service settings
Note  The following information is for server administrators.
If your organization uses a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) compliant directory service, such as Windows Active Directory, OpenLDAP, or Open Directory (macOS), you can centrally manage your hosted databases by registering FileMaker Server with your directory service.
When FileMaker Server is registered with a directory service, host names and IP addresses are published to the directory service so that FileMaker Pro clients can use the directory service to find the server on a network.
Note  If you do not know what your directory service settings are, contact your network administrator.
To set the FileMaker Server directory service settings:
1. Click the Database Server > Directory Service tab.
2. For Directory Server Information
Enter this
The server’s host name or IP address.
Entry Point
The distinguished name that specifies the location of FileMaker Server in the directory service. For example:
Windows: ou=FileMaker,dc=mydomain,dc=filemaker,dc=com
macOS: cn=filemakerservers,dc=myservername,dc=mydomain,dc=com
Spaces after commas are optional.
The port number for the LDAP connection.
If Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is not enabled, the default port number is 389.
If you enable Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), the default port number automatically changes to 636.
To restore the default value, click Default.
3. If you select Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), signed client and server root CA certificates issued by a trusted certificate authority (CA) are required. The client certificate must be installed on the FileMaker Server master machine and on FileMaker Pro computers that are using SSL to connect to an LDAP service. You cannot use self-signed certificates for a secure SSL connection to an LDAP server. See Using SSL with an LDAP directory service.
4. For Login Information, choose the authentication method for the directory service:
If the directory services requires you to log in, select My directory server requires me to log on, and enter the Name and Password. Then select from these options:
Select Use Windows Authentication if your Internet Information Services (IIS) 8 server runs on a corporate network that is using Microsoft Active Directory service domain identities or other Windows accounts to identify users.
Select Publish FileMaker Server to publish the FileMaker Server name, host name, and IP address to the directory service.
Select Publish administrator contact information to publish the administrator’s contact information that was specified on the General Settings > Server Information tab. See Server information settings. This is useful if the directory service administrator needs to contact you (for example, if clients cannot access hosted databases).
5. Click Test Directory Service Settings to verify that FileMaker Server can communicate with the directory service.
Related topics 
Database settings