Would you like to learn how to configure Django LDAP authentication on Active directory? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to authenticate Django users using the Active directory database from Microsoft Windows and the LDAP protocol.

• Ubuntu 18
• Ubuntu 19
• Django 2.2.6
• Windows 2012 R2

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Tutorial - Windows Domain Controller Firewall

First, we need to create a Firewall rule on the Windows domain controller.

This firewall rule will allow the Django server to query the Active directory database.

On the domain controller, open the application named Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Create a new Inbound firewall rule.

zabbix active directory

Select the PORT option.

Select the TCP option.

Select the Specific local ports option.

Enter the TCP port 389.

zabbix windows firewall port ldap

Select the Allow the connection option.

zabbix windows firewall allow connection

Check the DOMAIN option.

Check the PRIVATE option.

Check the PUBLIC option.

Enter a description to the firewall rule.

windows firewall active directory

Congratulations, you have created the required firewall rule.

This rule will allow Django to query the Active directory database.

Tutorial - Windows Domain Account Creation

Next, we need to create at least 2 accounts on the Active directory database.

The ADMIN account will be used to login on the Django web interface.

The BIND account will be used to query the Active Directory database.

On the domain controller, open the application named: Active Directory Users and Computers

Create a new account inside the Users container.

Zabbix active directory account

Create a new account named: admin

Password configured to the ADMIN user: 123qwe..

This account will be used to authenticate as admin on the Django web interface.

active directory admin accountzabbix active directory admin properties

Create a new account named: bind

Password configured to the BIND user: kamisama123@

This account will be used to query the passwords stored on the Active Directory database.

active directory bind accountzabbix active directory ldap bind properties

Congratulations, you have created the required Active Directory accounts.

Tutorial - Windows Domain Group Creation

Next, we need to create at least 1 group on the Active directory database.

On the domain controller, open the application named: Active Directory Users and Computers

Create a new group inside the Users container.

Radius Active directory group

Create a new group named: django-admin

Members of this group will have the Admin permission on the Django web interface.

django admins

Important! Add the admin user as a member of the django-admins group.

django admin permission

Congratulations, you have created the required Active Directory group.

Tutorial - Django Installation on Ubuntu Linux

Upgrade your Ubuntu installation.

If required, reboot your computer.

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Use apt-get to install the required packages.

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Verify the default Python version installed on your system.

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Verify the latest Python version installed on your system.

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Change the default Python version to the Latest edition detected.

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Verify the default Python version installed on your system.

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Install Django.

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Here is the Django installation output.

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Create your first Django project.

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Edit the settings.py file

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Locate the ALLOWED_HOSTS entry and configure your Django server IP address.

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In our example, the Djando server is running on a computer using the IP address 192.168.15.11.

Start the Django server.

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Open a browser software, enter the IP address of your Django server firewall plus :8000 and access web interface.

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• https://192.168.15.11:8000

The Django web interface should be presented

Django web interface

On the Linux command-line, press CTRL+C to stop the Djando server.

Create the Django SQLite database schema.

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Here is the Django migration output:

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Create a local Administrative user account.

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In our example, we create a local user account named root with the password kamisama123.

Start the Django server.

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Open your browser and enter the IP address of your web server plus :8000/admin

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• http://192.168.15.11:8000/admin

On the login screen, use the Django username and password created before.

• Default Username: root
• Default Password: kamisama123

Django login

After a successful login, you will be sent to the Django Dashboard.

Django dashboard basic

Congratulations! You have finished the Django Installation on Ubuntu Linux.

Tutorial Django - LDAP Authentication on Active Directory

On the Linux command-line, press CTRL+C to stop the Djando server.

Install the required packages to allow the django-auth-ldap installation.

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Install the django-auth-ldap package using PIP.

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Here is the django-auth-ldap installation output.

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Edit your Django project settings.py file.

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Locate this area on the top of your settings.py file.

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Add the LDAP user authentication configuration below this line.

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In our example, we used the following configuration for user authentication:

• Domian controller IP - 192.168.15.10
• Active directory domain - dc=tech,dc=local
• Authentication containers - DC=tech,DC=local
• Bind user - CN=bind,CN=Users,DC=tech,DC=local
• Bind user password - kamisama123@
• Group permission - Members of the django-admin group will have total access to the web interface

Keep in mind that you need to change this to reflect your network environment.

Start the Django server.

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As an example, here is the content of our settings.py file.

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Open your browser and enter the IP address of your web server plus :8000/admin

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• http://192.168.15.11:8000/admin

On the login screen, use the Django username and password created before.

• Default Username: admin
• Default Password: Enter the Active directory password

Django login

After a successful login, you will be sent to the Django Dashboard.

Django dashboard basic

Access the users menu and verify if the Active directory user is listed.

django ldap authentication user

Congratulations! You have finished the Django ldap authentication using Active Directory on Ubuntu Linux.