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PaperCut NG & PaperCut MF Manual


Synchronize user and group details

One of the most important tasks when managing PaperCut NG/MF is to configure the User and Group synchronization options. PaperCut NG/MF synchronizes user and group information from a source such as Windows Active Directory (Windows domains) and Google Cloud Directory. To custom sync a user directory simplifies the administration of the system because you don’t need to manage a separate database of users and groups.

If a user is added to the domain or is removed from a group, then PaperCut NG/MF automatically synchronizes this information without any intervention from the administrator. For example:

  • Jason configures PaperCut NG/MF to assign an initial credit of $10 to users who are members of the “Students” windows security group.

  • At the start of the new school year Jason has just added 100 new students to the Windows Active Directory.

  • Jason also adds all the users to the “Students” Windows security group.

  • When PaperCut NG/MF next synchronizes with Active Directory, the 100 new users are added to PaperCut NG/MF and automatically assigned the $10 initial credit. This is done automatically without any additional work by Jason.

You can synchronize with the following user directories:

  • Windows Active Directory

  • Windows Standard (local users and groups for workgroup environments)

  • Google Cloud Directory (for organizations that use Google Workspace for Education, Google Workspace for Enterprise, or Cloud Identify Premium)

  • Azure AD Secure LDAP

  • LDAP (Apple OpenDirectory, Novell eDirectory, OpenLDAP, etc.)

  • Samba

  • Unix Standard (local users and groups / NIS / POSIX)

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