Choosing a user directory service
GFI FaxMaker can get users and groups from one of two supported user directory services, Active Directory and GFI Directory.
- If GFI FaxMaker server is not connected to a domain, Active Directory cannot be used as a user directory service and GFI Directory is required.
- Evaluate your preferred service before installation since the directory chosen cannot be changed after installation.
Refer to the sections below for information on when and how to use these services.
GFI Directory is a directory of users and groups that integrates with GFI FaxMaker and other GFI products.
If this user directory service is chosen, GFI FaxMaker automatically installs and configures GFI Directory on the server during the Configuration Wizard. If GFI Directory is already installed on the machine where you are installing GFI FaxMaker, for example when another GFI product is utilizing this service, GFI FaxMaker setup automatically connects to the local GFI Directory service.
Users and groups can be automatically created and managed from the Licensed Users node of GFI FaxMaker. On user creation, use the Welcome email feature to send an email to users, containing a link to set their account password. This is required to authenticate to GFI FaxMaker, for example, when logging in to the web console or when sending faxes using the GFI FaxMaker Client.
GFI Directory can also be managed separately from GFI FaxMaker, in its own web-based management console. In a web browser, go to:
For more information about GFI Directory refer to: http://go.gfi.com/?pageid=DIR_Help_En
GFI FaxMaker server can get use the directory services of Active Directory when it is connected to a domain.
Administrators can grant fax and SMS access to Active Directory users and groups. Administrators and users authenticate to GFI FaxMaker using their Active Directory credentials, for example, when logging in to the web console or when sending faxes using the GFI FaxMaker Client.
It is recommended to use Active Directory when it is available so that user management is done from a central location. No additional configuration is required when using this service.