Easily Migrate from Active Directory with New JumpCloud Tool

Written by Zach DeMeyer on March 14, 2020

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Among the core use cases of JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is the capability to completely migrate away from on-prem Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) to a fully cloud-based directory service. In the past, moving away from AD has been an arduous process and therefore unappealing to IT admins. That’s why the JumpCloud Solutions Architecture team has crafted a new tool: the JumpCloud Active Directory Migration Utility (ADMU).

What is the ADMU?

The ADMU allows IT admins to transfer existing AD users into JumpCloud using the Microsoft User State Migration Tool. This tool, which is bundled in the Windows® Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK), lets admins migrate domain profiles to new local profiles, running them both in parallel before migrating the user off the domain. The ADMU then takes this a step further, moving domain-bound systems from AD to JumpCloud.

How Does ADMU Work?

Once stood up, the ADMU transforms domain-bound Windows users into local users, which can then be loaded directly into JumpCloud from this state. The ADMU also unbinds said user and their system from the domain and installs the JumpCloud system agent. Once this process is complete, the admin can take full advantage of the JumpCloud directory service to manage their migrated users/systems.

The utility can be deployed at a large scale and in a number of ways, including an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), a command line interface (CLI), and PowerShell formats that can be utilized with PSRemoting to migrate multiple systems and profiles at once.


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The ADMU was designed to facilitate the transfer of Active Directory-bound users and systems off the domain and into JumpCloud. Before ADMU, this process was painstaking, forcing admins to carry out several arduous manual tasks just to get a user and system migrated off of their AD domain, much less inserted into JumpCloud. With ADMU, this process is largely automated, with multiple implementation methods for admins of any technical skill level.

Once their users are migrated from AD into JumpCloud, admins can start taking advantage of all the JumpCloud platform has to offer. Directory-as-a-Service is the world’s first cloud directory service, reimagining AD for the modern era. JumpCloud admins can manage their users, as well as their access to systems, networks, applications, infrastructure, file servers, and more, all from a single cloud admin console. 

Try ADMU for Free

Admins can use both JumpCloud and the Active Directory Migration Utility today, absolutely free. First, sign up for a JumpCloud account to get started with the cloud directory service with 10 free users. Then, download the JumpCloud PowerShell module, as well as the ADMU, and start migrating off your Active Directory domain right away.

If you would like to learn more about migrating from Active Directory to JumpCloud with ADMU, or more about JumpCloud in general, please contact us. We’d be happy to assist you.

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a Product Marketing Specialist at JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, music, and soccer.

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