Server hosting Active Directory database

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I plan to connect to an Active Directory database either running on WinXP 2003 or Win8 Server 2012.

Would just like to check that the OS version of the server doesn't matter, or pose any restriction.

Having a look at the steps, I understand that we just need to know the static IP of the External AD database – so it expect that it doesn't matter what type of hardware the AD resides on? As long as we can add the approp users to the AD during the config.

Then I plan to set up some APs as RADIUS servers/backup servers, for the other APs to send users' authentication credentials .
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What you are describing is called native AD integration. Basically you are using the FreeRADIUS server in the access points rather than an external RADIUS server to communicate with AD.

I have this working with AD on both Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 severs so there is no issue there.

Once you have created the AD accounts required by the access point to join the domain as a computer object and then complete AD searches you just need to configure the appropriate sections of the Authentication area of HiveManager:

* AAA User Directory Settings (retrieve directory information)
* Aerohive AAA Server Settings (database, certificate and NAS settings)
* AAA Client Settings

I always define servers as IP objects in HiveManager so I would advise obtaining the static IP address of the AD server(s) and doing the same. Then in the HiveManager you just reference the IP object(s), which should be more readable than IP addresses.

One gotcha, however, is that if you are deploying the wireless settings to domain clients via Group Policy on a Windows 2003 server you will need to have service pack three installed otherwise you will not be able to select "WPA2".

There is an Aerohive blog on this topic at

There is also a design guide at