Cisco UCM 11 and LDAP Group Filtering

Introduced in UCM version 11 is the ability to synchronize groups from Active Directory. The primary driver is to have Active Directory groups available in the Cisco Jabber contact list.

One problem this brings up is that if you’re synchronizing from the base DN you’ll import all security groups. So you’ll need an effective filter to only get the groups you want. Generally speaking distribution groups are an ideal target for what you want represented in UCM and Jabber. The more granular you get will require more administration in Active Directory.

I’ll first outline the LDAP filters that will look for security groups and filter different types of groups. These are the bit values for each group and you’ll end up using the bitwise value.

All Security Groups with a type of Global

All Security Groups with a type of Domain Local

All Security Groups with a type of Universal

Values for the different group types:
Global = 2
Domain Local = 4
Universal = 8
Security Group = 2147483648
Distribution Group = no value

Using the above information we can then build LDAP filters to only import distribution groups. Since a distribution group doesn’t have a value you have to add the NOT operator to the query.

All Global Distribution Groups

All Domain Local Distribution Groups

All Universal Distribution Groups

Now what if you want distribution groups and security groups and want to select certain groups? Depending on how much additional administration you want in Active Directory you can pick a custom attribute. At this point all you have to do is look for the custom attribute not in use and populate it. Exchange 2010 SP2 and higher introduces 5 new multivalued attributes, but in this example we’re still using a custom attribute.

I recommend running some queries to determine if you have any custom attributes currently in use and then picking the next available value. You can use whatever value you would like just as long as it’s descriptive enough why it’s being used. In the examples below I’ve used “CiscoUCM” as a value to indicate the system thats using it in a query.

All Groups with Custom Attribute 1 – (Note the LDAP property is named extensionAttribute1)

Only Universal Distribution Groups with Custom Attribute 1

I personally prefer the highest granular approach based on universal distribution groups and a custom attribute. This way the control is based on the source information and synchronized Cisco UCM/IMP information is kept to a minimum.

Happy filtering!


Cisco Jabber 11 Links and Videos

Cisco Jabber version 11 is significant in many ways and it’s difficult to outline all of the details in a single post. First and foremost Cisco is continuing to show that cross-platform feature parity, mobile first, and secure first is a leading part of the strategy.

Enterprise groups, persistent chat, and WebEx CMR escalation are three things significant enough to mention. There are some future integrations that will be better shown than blogging about.

There is a lot of work happening back at Cisco and I’m sure the Jabber team backlog is growing. In the meantime I highly recommend taking a look at the videos below to become a little more familiar with Cisco Jabber 11.

Check out these new Jabber 11 Videos

The release notes detailing the new features: