AD + JumpCloud = Modern Identity Management

By Kayla Coco-Stotts Posted December 27, 2019

It’s tough to make Active Directory® (AD) work for modern workplaces. As a legacy identity management solution, AD struggles to maintain control over the services and systems that are emerging as essential to modern workplace practices.

With AD and JumpCloud®, IT admins master modern identity management without sacrificing a user-friendly interface for both the IT professional and the end user.  

What Are the Benefits of Identity Management? 

Identity and access management (IAM) is a framework that facilitates user access, ensuring the right users have the right, secure access to the resources they need to remain productive. 

Identity and Access Management Pyramid

IAM is vital to IT organizations implementing secure end user access to file servers, servers, and networks.

The benefits of enacting IAM within an organization include:

  • Improving end user productivity and flexibility
  • Reinforcing user resources against hackers and bad actors
  • Simplifying processes such as onboarding and offboarding

In short, IAM is beneficial for companies looking to organize and protect all information that passes through the various keyboards and screens housed within a company. 

Modern Identity Management

AD struggles to manage modern systems and applications, forcing most IT admins to employ individually managed third-party add-ons to get AD to sync with modern resources. However, Microsoft®, who currently holds a 72% market share for desktop computers, provides core identities for the majority of organizations across the globe. Removing that interface to integrate a company with a new directory service can be taxing on IT professionals just looking to catch AD up with modern innovations. 

JumpCloud’s AD Integration transforms a rusty AD instance into a modern identity management solution. With AD Integration, IT organizations can fully sync their AD instance with a cloud directory service for the first time, bridging a Windows-centric directory service with cloud-based and non-Windows applications and systems. No longer should admins feel torn between Active Directory and fully-fledged cloud functionality; JumpCloud’s AD Integration offers both. 

Touching on its functionality, AD Integration consists of two parts, the first being a lightweight agent, AD Import, that is downloaded onto the domain controller. The AD Import tool propagates changes made in AD to JumpCloud and to all JumpCloud-managed resources, letting admins import user credentials previously meant solely for Windows-based resources.

Secondly, organizations can leverage the AD Sync tool to write password changes from non-domain resources back into Active Directory, creating a bi-directional flow between AD and JumpCloud that takes as little as 90 seconds to sync. With AD Sync, users can change passwords on Macs, and that password updates through AD.

Additionally, admins are now able to create users in AD from the JumpCloud portal, further enhancing AD Integration’s bidirectional sync capabilities.

Utilizing JumpCloud in tandem with an AD instance transforms legacy directory services into secure modern identity management solutions, providing IT admins with the familiarity of Active Directory along with the cohesion associated with a cloud-based identity provider. 

Learn More

To learn more about how you can leverage AD and JumpCloud for modern identity management, check out our guide on AD Integration or schedule a personalized demo to see our AD Integration in action. 

Kayla Coco-Stotts

Kayla is a content writer at JumpCloud with a B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Kentucky. She hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and loves to eat good food and hike Boulder's beautiful trails when she is not writing.

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