By Rajat Bhargava Posted December 29, 2016
G Suite™ Password Sync (GSPS) is a utility for G Suite customers that also use Microsoft® Active Directory®. The utility syncs password changes that occur in Active Directory to G Suite. The G Suite Password Sync solution is a companion solution to Google Apps Directory Sync. Both solutions help to integrate the on-prem, legacy Active Directory with G Suite.
How Does G Suite Password Sync Work?
GSPS is installed on the AD server and then connects to what was formerly known as Google Apps. Any time a user changes their password with Active Directory, that password is reset with G Suite.
This scenario has been a common one with G Suite customers. When Google first introduced Google Apps, it was largely a Microsoft Windows-based world. Along with those Windows machines, everything was on-prem as well. Prior to G Suite, the concept of the productivity platform in the cloud didn’t exist. An IT organization’s back-office infrastructure would include Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, Windows file server, and Office instances.
When Google Apps came along, IT organizations were able to eliminate Exchange, Windows file server, and Office if they wanted to. Unfortunately, Active Directory was a different story.
Mixed-Platform Environments & The Move to The Cloud
G Suite directory was not meant to be a replacement to AD. In fact, Google built the utilities GADS and GSPS to help customers more easily integrate G Suite with Active Directory. As time went on, more and more of Google’s G Suite customers started to move to the cloud and to mixed-platform environments. AWS became a bigger part of the IT architecture, and macOS® and Linux® devices became mainstream. As a result, Active Directory began to manage less and less of an IT organization’s infrastructure. The outcome was the move to the cloud with Directory-as-a-Service®.
JumpCloud® Replaces Active Directory, Integrates with G Suite
As an Active Directory replacement, Directory-as-a-Service tightly integrates with G Suite. G Suite Password Sync and GADS are tools that are no longer necessary. The IDaaS solution simply syncs with G Suite via APIs and manages all user adds, deletes, and modifies. Passwords changed in the cloud directory service automatically propagate to G Suite, AWS cloud servers, the user’s Windows®, macOS, or Linux system, and their LDAP-based applications, among others. Directory-as-a-Service is the central user management platform to an organization’s entire IT infrastructure.
If you would like to learn more about G Suite Password Sync and alternatives to that approach, drop us a note. Also, please try the IDaaS platform from JumpCloud®. Finally, remember that your first 10 users are free forever.