When using and Issuetrak, system administrators can choose how to authenticate their users based on multiple criteria and needs of their organization. To facilitate this Issuetrak offers four different methods to authenticate users and allow for user login, grouped into two types of login.
Issuetrak has a native method to store and maintain passwords for a user profile, and if an account is set to Issuetrak then this method will be used.
- Self-Help Password Reset can be enabled (if desired) to allow users to reset their own passwords if there are any problems.
- Usable by companies who do not have, or do not wish to use, an active AD infrastructure, or have users who are not a part of the company domain log into the Issuetrak site.
- Two-factor Authentication is not available for Issuetrak authenticated accounts.
Active Directory Authentication
There are several Active Directory authentication methods available to allow users to log in via LDAP, Active Directory Federation Services, or Azure AD. Passwords for these accounts are not stored within Issuetrak and will require additional configuration in order to allow user login.
Some notes about these methods:
- Only mapped groups or OUs in the Identity Management section of Issuetrak will have users that can log in or be updated on login.
- Additional security for your Issuetrak site as the accounts are maintained in the Active Directory environment.
- AD Federation Services and Azure AD allow for two-factor authentication if it is enabled and configured in the Active Directory environment.
- Only Active Directory LDAP connection allows for bulk import of users. AD Federation Services and Azure AD will create and update accounts as users log in.
You can review the table below for a comparison between the different AD authentication method features.
Comparison: AD vs AD Federation Services vs Azure AD
Here is a comparison between the three AD authentication methods with respect to Issuetrak.
|Capability||Active Directory||AD Federation Services||Azure AD Integration|
|Can bulk import users||Yes, via LDAP||No||No|
|Supports Multifactor Authentication (MFA)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Needs service account||Yes||No||No|
|Single Sign-On||Yes, for On-Premises only||Yes||Yes|
|Can map AD user attributes to Issuetrak user account UDFs||Yes, but limited to only certain attributes||Yes, can map any claim to any user text UDF||Yes, can map any claim to any user text UDF|
|Secures Domain-Disabled User Accounts||Yes, inactivates user account||Yes, prevents sign-in||Yes, prevents sign-in|
|User Mappings Based On...||AD OU or Group||AD FS Claim||AD FS Claim|
Notes on Authentication Changes
|Issuetrak Auth → AD||Yes||Follow these steps|
|AD → Azure||Yes||Follow these steps|
|AD → AD FS||Yes||Follow these steps|
|AD FS → Azure AD||Possible||Via AD FS → AD → Azure*|
|Azure AD → AD FS||No||Not recommended|
- If you are changing from Issuetrak Authentication type to AD FS or Azure Authentication, there will be account duplication requiring manual merges. It is recommended to always perform migrations from AD LDAP to your new authentication method if at all possible.
- If your procedures have you move a user account to a different Group/OU when the account is disabled, map the disabled account Group/OU so the changes are updated in Issuetrak.
- Self-Help Password Reset cannot be enabled for Active Directory authenticated accounts. Password resets will follow your Active Directory procedures to reset the user account.