Automatic Upgrades

We recommend enabling automatic upgrades so new releases are automatically installed.

Download the Cisco Directory Connector

For a fresh installation of the Cisco Directory Connector:

  1. Download the installation zip file from this link.

  2. Follow the Install Cisco Directory Connector procedure in the deployment guide (from Step 3 onward).

3.5.1001

October 8, 2019

  • Added the following features and enhancements: send directory synchronization report to specific email addresses, avatar sync support for a proxy user in AD LDS, support for the avatar pattern 'cn' attribute, and Troubleshooting feature enhancements.

    Changed the default incremental synchronization schedule from every 30 minutes to every 4 hours.

  • Fixed a scaling resolution issue that affected how Cisco Directory Connector was displayed in remote desktop sessions.

  • Fixed an issue so that groups are always shown on the Add Objects page even after a synchronization is performed.

3.4.1001

May 20, 2019

  • Added the following features: diagnostic tool, secure LDAP (LDAPS), and enhancements to attribute verification messages. For more information, see the Announcements tab and the deployment guide.

  • Enhanced the mismatch object deleting messages.

  • Fixed the issue where an admin could not sign in when FIPS was enabled.

  • Fixed the issue where the root domain guid couldn't be retrieved while the connector registered.

  • Fixed the issue where the connector crashed from a remote session to Windows Server 2012.

  • Fixed a sign in failure when the admin email contained +.

  • Fixed the issues where Active Directory avatar testing and uid format verification was not supported for AD LDS.

3.3.1003

February 15, 2019

  • Added the following features: customized attributes, Kerberos proxy support, embedded avatar profile synchronization, more attribute mappings to uid, automatic software upgrade, and support for credentials to access URL based avatar files. For more information, see the Announcements tab and the deployment guide.

  • Microsoft had a cookie issue which caused the Directory Connector incremental sync to fail. In this version, the problem is fixed.

3.0.1003

June 19, 2018

  • Security enhancement for TLS1.2 and its dependency, .NET Framework 4.5. The framework is enforced with this release, so the software can support TLS1.2.

  • This is a required upgrade, because Cisco will no longer support TLS1.0 and TLS1.1. Please upgrade to this release as soon as possible.


    While we strongly recommend that you upgrade to 3.0.1003, if you upgraded to 3.0.1001, you must be running .NET Framework 4.5 for your deployment to be in compliance.

3.0.1001

April 23, 2018

  • Added new features: support for Active Directory deployments with multiple domains under a single forest or multiple forests, NTLM support, userPrincipalName (Active Directory attribute) can be mapped to uid (cloud attribute), and TLS 1.2 support. For more information, see the Announcements tab and the deployment guide.

This page covers announcements to help you prepare your Cisco Directory Connector deployment for new releases.

Go to https://www.cisco.com/go/hybrid-services-directory to access the Deployment Guide for Cisco Directory Connector.

Automatic Upgrades

We recommend enabling automatic upgrades so new releases are automatically installed.

Download the Cisco Directory Connector

For a fresh installation of the Cisco Directory Connector:

  1. Download the installation zip file from this link.

  2. Follow the Install Cisco Directory Connector procedure in the deployment guide (from Step 3 onward).

October 31, 2019

Windows Server 2019

Cisco Directory Connector 3.5 is now supported on Windows Server 2019 and the corresponding version of Active Directory.

October 8, 2019

New Features for Cisco Directory Connector 3.5

We released Cisco Directory Connector version 3.5. For an existing installation, you'll see an upgrade prompt. We recommend enabling automatic upgrades so new releases are automatically installed. For a new installation, use the steps and links at the top of the release notes.

This release contains the following feature updates and enhancements (and corresponding documentation updates):

Directory Synchronization Report
By default, the organization contacts or administrators always receive email notifications. With this setting in Cisco Directory Connector, you can customize who should receive email notifications that summarize directory synchronization reports.
Troubleshooting Feature Enhancements
You can enable troubleshooting to help diagnose any errors you encounter in Cisco Directory Connector. Troubleshooting lets you capture the network traffic information and save it to a file. The log files that are now stored in the following location:
<Installation Location>\Cisco Systems\Cisco Systems\Cisco Directory
    Connector\Logs

June 26, 2019

New User Soft Delete Feature

Cisco Directory Connector has checks and balances to prevent unintentional deletion of users. Unfortunately, accidents happen; you may have incorrectly configured an LDAP filter in Active Directory, which deleted some users when synchronized to the cloud. The soft delete feature can help you recover from these accidents and reestablish the user accounts.

For more information, see this section of the deployment guide.


Although this is a cloud-side feature and is not tied to a specific software release, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of Cisco Directory Connector.

May 20, 2019

New Features for Cisco Directory Connector 3.4

We released Cisco Directory Connector version 3.4. For an existing installation, you'll see an upgrade prompt. We recommend enabling automatic upgrades so new releases are automatically installed. For a new installation, use the steps and links at the top of the release notes.

This release contains the following feature updates and enhancements (and corresponding documentation updates):

Diagnostic Tool
You can use the built in diagnostic tool to troubleshoot your Cisco Directory Connector deployment. If didn't work properly, you may have a configuration or network error. This tool tests your connection to LDAP so that you can diagnose errors yourself before contacting support.
Secure LDAP (LDAPS)
Cisco Directory Connector now supports LDAPS as a communications protocol between your Active Directory and a Domain Controller. LDAP is the default, but you can choose LDAPS in the general settings for secure and encrypted communications.
Enhancement to Attribute Verification Messages

Cisco Directory Connector verifies the attribute value of uid in the cloud identity service and retrieves 3 available users under the filter options that you chose. If all of these 3 users have a valid email format, the software shows you a verification pop up. If any errors appear during this test, you'll see a warning message.

February 15, 2019

New Features for Cisco Directory Connector 3.3

We released Cisco Directory Connector version 3.3. For an existing installation, you'll see an upgrade prompt. For a new installation, use the steps and links at the top of the release notes.

This release contains the following feature updates and enhancements (and corresponding documentation updates):

Customized Attributes

Directory Connector can now support expression-based attribute customization. Previously, the application had several predefined hard-coded combinations to support customer requests such as "GivenName SN". When customers had different requests for the attribute combination, engineering needed to add it manually. This feature gives more flexibility by letting you define your own attribute combination.

Kerberos Proxy Support
Directory Connector can read the proxy configuration in the local network proxy. In Windows system, the app leverages the configuration in the internet network options. (Documentation forthcoming, likely a small addition to Requirements section and the Release Notes when this goes GA.)
Embedded Avatar profile synchronization
The new connector application can read the avatar raw image binary data and sync to the Cisco Webex cloud.
More AD attributes can map to UID
More and more customers want to manage the AD attributes to map to the cloud uid. In this version, you can freely map an attribute to the uid. Our recommendations are still to use email or UserPrincipleName. When you choose attribute instead of the proposed ones, the app pops up an alert to remind you that the value to map from must be in email format.
Automatically Upgrade to the New Version

It's important to keep your Cisco Directory Connector updated to the latest version. In 3.3, you can let the application do an automatic upgrade when a new version is ready. You just check a checkbox and then the app can do the installs silently. If you change your mind, you can go back to the configuration setting to uncheck the function.

Credentials to access URL based avatar files

You may manage avatar resources in a web resource server where credentials are required. In the new version, you can provide the credentials before synchronization and then the Directory Connector can sync up all avatar data to the cloud.

April 23, 2018

New Features for Cisco Directory Connector 3.0

We released Cisco Directory Connector version 3.0. For an existing installation, you'll see an upgrade prompt; for a new installation, get the latest version by going to the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, clicking Users, and then choosing Manage Users > Enable Directory Synchronization.

This release contains the following feature updates and enhancements (and corresponding documentation updates):

Support for Active Directory deployments with multiple domains under a single forest or multiple forests

Cisco Directory Connector now supports multiple domains either under a single forest or under multiple forests (without the need for AD LDS). You can install a Cisco Directory Connector for each domain, bind each domain to your organization, and then synchronize each user base into Cisco Webex. Cisco Webex Control Hub reflects the status by showing the synchronization state for multiple Cisco Directory Connectors, allows you to turn off synchronization for a specific domain, and deactivate a Cisco Directory Connector in a high availability deployment. The dry run synchronization helps you match the on-premises Active Directory user data with the user data in the Cisco Webex cloud, and any mismatched user objects are flagged so you can make a decision.

For steps to deploy Cisco Directory Connector in a multiple domain environment, see the procedures in the Deploy Cisco Directory Connector chapter.

NTLM support
Cisco Directory Connector now supports NT LAN Manager (NTLM). NTLM is one approach to support Windows authentication among the domain devices and ensure their security. For more information, see NTLM Proxy.
userPrincipalName (Active Directory attribute) can be mapped to uid (cloud attribute)
As an alternative to the mail Active Directory attribute, we added userPrincipalName as an option to map to the uid cloud attribute for user email addresses. For more information, see Map User Attributes.
TLS 1.2 support
Cisco Directory Connector now supports TLS 1.2 when .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.5 are installed. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 are still supported in this release (.NET Framework 3.5 only). For more information, see Requirements for Cisco Directory Connector.