Connect Google Cloud Identity with Windows®

Written by Vince Lujan on July 29, 2018

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As organizations invest in Google
® applications and services, such as G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), IT admins need to understand how Google Cloud Identity can support their overall identity and access management (IAM) initiatives. A key requirement in that discussion is how to connect a Google Cloud Identity with Windows® systems. But, why do organizations want to connect Google Cloud Identity with Windows in the first place?

The Evolution of IT with Respect to Google

The IT landscape has undergone quite the transformation in recent years. What began as an on-prem market dominated by Microsoft® has since become a diverse space in the cloud and on-prem with solutions from a variety of platforms and vendors. Google, for example, is one of the leading service providers in the space, and many IT organizations are already very familiar with their various offerings. And, with the recent introduction of a core Google identity (i.e., Google Cloud Identity), many organizations are viewing Google as a key cloud platform for their business.

However, IT admins often wonder if Google Cloud Identity can function as the core identity provider for all of their IT resources––rather than just Google applications and services. It’s a logical outcome, considering that these organizations are likely already using G Suite as their email platform and potentially GCP as their infrastructure. Yet, while Google identity management services can function as the user management system for G Suite, GCP,  and a select group of web applications, Google Cloud Identity is not meant to be an organization’s core identity provider.

This limitation manifests itself in the fact that you can’t connect a Google Cloud Identity with Windows, Mac®, and Linux® systems, either on-prem or hosted elsewhere (e.g., AWS®, Azure®). A Google Cloud Identity is also not what users will leverage to authenticate into most of their web and on-prem applications, file servers, and WiFi networks. Ideally, users and IT admins would be able to leverage a single cloud-based identity to connect to virtually any IT resource. So, it’s no surprise that the path that IT admins are looking for is one identity that spans the breadth of their IT infrastructure.

Connect Google Cloud Identity with Windows via JumpCloud

JumpCloud directory-as-a-service

While connecting Google Cloud Identity with Windows systems operating outside of GCP is not possible with the native functionality of Google’s IDaaS solution, fortunately, it is still possible to connect Google Cloud Identity with Windows if you leverage a third-party cloud identity and access management (IAM) platform that tightly integrates with G Suite Directory and GCP. That solution is called Directory-as-a-Service®, from JumpCloud®.

With JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service, IT admins can leverage Google Cloud Identity to authenticate with systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), cloud and on-prem servers (e.g. AWS, Azure, and on-prem data centers), physical and virtual storage (e.g., Samba file servers, NAS devices, and cloud storage systems such as Box™ / Dropbox™), web and on-prem applications via SAML and LDAP, and wired and WiFi networks via RADIUS. In fact, a Google Cloud Identity can be leveraged to connect users to virtually any IT resource via JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service. How is this possible?

Check out our G Suite Integration Whiteboard Video below to learn more about the JumpCloud G Suite integration. Contact the JumpCloud team, and we can help you connect Google Cloud Identity with Windows and more. You can also sign up for a free account and explore the full functionality of our platform for yourself, and your first ten users are free forever!

Vince Lujan

Vince is a writer and video specialist at JumpCloud. Originally from the horse capital of New Mexico, Corrales, he has lived in Boulder, Colorado for three years. When Vince is not developing content for JumpCloud, he can usually be found at the Boulder Creek.

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