By Greg Keller Posted June 15, 2015
Many cloud-forward companies; companies moving fast, growing quickly and adding in new infrastructure every month, realize that a core directory is needed quickly as they scale to new levels. These same companies likely leverage Google Apps as the primary user authentication and management ‘store’ when their scale and core directory needs are limited. A new employee gets on boarded, their Gmail and Google Apps accounts are provisioned, they are distributed a workstation or laptop, and like that, they’re on their way. Yet as the company progresses and scales, new requirements become enforced such as improved security, user authentication and access to new resources, as well as locking down end user workstations and laptops
And this is where JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service is most attractive, efficiently sliding into an organization to act as the central authoritative version of the employees identity and emitting the user’s identity out to all the resources they need access to, including Google Apps user accounts!
Google User Provisioning and Sync – with JumpCloud!
JumpCloud enables administrators to connect to their pre-existing Google Apps domain, create and persist a secure connection to it, and import existing users, provision new users, and keep user accounts in sync from the JumpCloud directory at all times.
Importing and managing users within JumpCloud enables the identity to be emitted to virtually all the places the employee needs access. This includes their Windows, Mac OS X and Linux machine login, individualized Wifi access through RADIUS, cloud-based server and application access and of course their Google account itself. JumpCloud’s connection to Google can take on a user account and provide the identity access to a myriad endpoints as you can see here:
How does it work?
JumpCloud utilizes a secure OAuth connection to maintain a persisted integration between Google and JumpCloud. User accounts can then be imported en masse or individually at any time, generating new accounts within JumpCloud or mapping to pre-existing ones. New users can be created within JumpCloud and provisioned into Google to create new accounts as well. JumpCloud administrators can then control the account, disabling (‘suspending’) or re-enabling users at any time.
Employees can also manage their own information through the JumpCloud user portal, enabling them to self-manage their password changes, user profile details and more. A complete description of how the Google Apps and JumpCloud integration works can be found here in this tutorial overview.
We are excited to have this feature enabled for our customer base and look forward to helping you! Start now by logging into your JumpCloud Administrative dashboard or begin evaluating JumpCloud today by getting started right here.