ADP to Active Directory Integration
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Integrating ADP with Active Directory (AD) offers several key benefits, enhancing both operational efficiency and data management within an organization. Here are the primary advantages:

Streamlined User Account Management

  • Automated Provisioning and Deprovisioning: Automatically create, update, or deactivate user accounts in AD based on changes in ADP, reducing the need for manual input.

  • Consistency: Ensures that user accounts across systems are consistent, reducing discrepancies and errors.

Enhanced Data Accuracy and Integrity

  • Single Source of Truth: ADP acts as the primary source for employee data, ensuring all changes are accurately reflected in AD.

  • Reduced Data Redundancy: Minimizes the need for duplicate data entry across systems, reducing the chances of errors.

Improved Security

  • Timely Account Deactivation: Prompt deactivation of user accounts in AD when employees leave the organization, reducing security risks.

  • Controlled Access Management: Ensures that user access rights and permissions are properly managed in line with their current status in the organization.

Increased Operational Efficiency

  • Time Savings: Automation of routine tasks like account creation and updates significantly reduces the time spent by IT staff on these activities.

  • Resource Optimization: IT resources can be better utilized for more strategic tasks instead of routine user management chores.

Compliance and Audit Readiness

  • Audit Trails: Integration provides a clear audit trail for user account management activities, aiding in compliance with various regulatory standards.

  • Consistent Policy Application: Helps ensure that policies related to user account management are uniformly applied across the organization.

Scalability and Flexibility

  • Easily Scalable: As the organization grows, the integrated system scales to accommodate more user accounts without the need for additional manual processing.

  • Adaptable to Organizational Changes: Can quickly adapt to changes in organizational structure or employee roles.

Improved Employee Experience

  • Rapid Account Availability: New employees have their accounts and access rights ready promptly, ensuring a smooth onboarding experience.

  • Seamless Transition: Changes in employee roles or departments are reflected quickly in their access rights and account settings.


  • Reduces Manual Work: Automation cuts down on the labor costs associated with manual account management.

  • Minimizes Error-Related Costs: Reduced errors mean fewer resources spent on correcting them.

Integration of ADP and AD using Oloid Workflow

  • Objective: Sync employee data from ADP to Active Directory.

  • Key Actions: User creation, updates, and deactivation in AD based on ADP data


For Active Directory (AD):

  1. Service Account with Administrative Privileges:

    • A dedicated service account in AD is recommended for integration purposes.

    • This account should have sufficient privileges to perform required tasks such as creating, modifying, and deleting user accounts.

    • It's crucial that this account's permissions are scoped appropriately to minimize security risks. For example, it should only have permissions necessary for the tasks it needs to perform.

  2. Credentials Details:

    • Username: The service account's username in AD.

    • Password: A strong, complex password for the service account.

    • These credentials will be used to authenticate API calls or scripts that manage user accounts in AD.

  3. Security Considerations:

    • Regularly update the service account's password.

    • Monitor the service account's activities for any unusual or unauthorized actions.

    • Implement multi-factor authentication if possible.

For ADP:

Oloid Connector Subscription from the Workforce Now Platform

Technical Field-Level Mapping

User Provisioning from ADP to AD

  • ADP Fields:

    • AssociateID: Unique identifier for the employee in ADP.

    • First Name and Last Name: Employee's given and family names.

    • Email: Official email address of the employee.

    • Department: Department to which the employee belongs.

    • Job Title: Employee's official job title.

    • Start Date: The date when the employee starts.

  • Corresponding AD Fields:

    • sAMAccountName: A unique username in AD, possibly derived from the Employee ID.

    • givenName and sn: Mapped to First Name and Last Name.

    • mail: Mapped to Email.

    • department: Mapped to Department.

    • title: Mapped to Job Title.

    • whenCreated: Recorded as the Start Date.

Workflow Process for User Provisioning

  • Trigger: Employee record creation in ADP.

  • Oloid Workflow Actions:

    1. Data Extraction: Oloid Workflow gets user events from Oloid cloud for new employee's data.

    2. Data Mapping: Oloid Workflow maps the extracted ADP fields to the corresponding fields in AD.

    3. User Creation in AD: Oloid Workflow to create a new user account in AD with the mapped data.

    4. Validation: Check if the user account is created successfully in AD.

    5. Logging: Record the transaction with timestamps and status.

User Deprovisioning from ADP to AD

  • Workflow Process for User Deprovisioning:

    1. Trigger: Employee record deactivation in ADP.

    2. Identify User in AD: Oloid Workflow uses the AssociateID from ADP to find the corresponding sAMAccountName in AD.

    3. Deactivate User: The user account in AD is disabled or deleted through an automated script or API call.

    4. Validation & Logging: Confirm the account's deactivation/deletion status and log the details.

Security and Error Handling

  • Encryption: Ensure that all API calls and data transfers are encrypted.

  • Error Handling: Implement robust error handling in Oloid Workflow to manage API failures or data mismatches.

  • Audit Trails: Maintain detailed logs for auditing and troubleshooting purposes.

Testing the Integration

  • Perform test cases for user provisioning and deprovisioning.

  • Validate data accuracy between ADP and AD.

  • Check error handling and logging capabilities.

Monitoring and Maintenance

  • Regularly monitor the integration for any errors or discrepancies.

  • Update field mappings as needed based on changes in either system.



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