Running SQL Server 2008 (10.0.5520) - I have a trigger that is executed when a new record is added to the security table. I would like to extend this trigger, and create an entry in the AD system with a couple of the parameters from the insert.

Question is: can this be accomplished? If so, how?

It looks like a command line tool does exist:

Technet reference

To create a contact named Jeff Hay in a top-level OU named Service Dept in the fabrikam.com domain, at a command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

dsadd contact "cn=Jeff Hay,ou=service dept,dc=fabrikam,dc=com" 

Can this command line be executed from the trigger?

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    There's a lot of potential for security issues here and I would recommend AGAINST this sort of process. It means the SQL Service account has to have rights and you'll execute something like xp_cmdshell (which opens other holes). What's the problem you're trying to solve? Why do you want to create an AD account in this way?
    – Mike Fal
    Aug 3, 2015 at 16:49
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    Don't do this from within the trigger! The trigger should be fast and nimble - it should not do heavy lifting and time-consuming processing - and it should most definitely not be calling up an external resource that might take quite some time to respond! Instead - let your trigger make an entry into a "command" table, and have a separate process (T-SQL job or a little utility in any other language) read and interpret that command table and handle the actual creation of an AD user..
    – marc_s
    Aug 3, 2015 at 16:49
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    Service Pack 4 is available for SQL Server 2008. You should patch your SP3 instance in addition to the fine advice from marc_s and mike fal
    – billinkc
    Aug 3, 2015 at 18:44
  • All great points - thank you SP4 will not be added, as the software vendor does not support this program anymore. The triggers are pigs currently, I will try the xp_cmdshell first, if that causes problems, i will roll it out to a separate process.
    – pithhelmet
    Aug 3, 2015 at 18:59

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What @Mike_Fal said. This is a huge gaping security hole. Not only does SQL need xp_cmdshell, but it will need Domain Admin rights. I also agree with the other sentiments around not using a trigger.

You can still tie it in with your existing process and make it database driven with the security table you are using. I'd probably write a separate, asynchronous process to read from the security table and add the AD users that way. This is a great job for PowerShell; connecting multiple systems and technologies.

  • Your recommendations are still based on the security hole(s) that you presented. I will still need AD rights - and that appears to be your largest concern. The trigger is already written, it is a pig, and the system is already perceived as very slow. so a few more cycles will not be noticed. The requirements have changed since the message was posted, so a different angle will need to be addressed. but thank you for the posts!
    – pithhelmet
    Aug 5, 2015 at 11:38
  • Yes, the process that ultimately adds the user to AD needs domain admin rights. Building it in a trigger means that the SQL Service account needs domain admin rights. Big difference.
    – cjsommer
    Aug 6, 2015 at 14:03
  • Regardless, it sounds like you are taking a different direction based on performance alone. Good luck with whatever solution you come up with!
    – cjsommer
    Aug 6, 2015 at 14:17

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