Manage UIDs and GIDs Across Your Infrastructure

Written by Greg Keller on July 9, 2014

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Seasoned IT pros know that managing unique IDs and group IDs on servers across your infrastructure is no easy matter. UID and GID conflicts or mistakes can cause tremendous pain for an organization. Users can’t access files, execute processes, or even manage their servers and applications. Manual user management techniques don’t handle this for you: you have to adopt this discipline up front. Chef and Puppet will cover this issue. However, they become complex and costly when you’ve got a lot of exceptions around access controls in your environment. LDAP and Active Directory can help you with this problem if you are willing to spend significant amounts of time and resources setting up and managing your infrastructure.

Manage IDs Across Infrastructure with DaaS

Directory-as-a-Service® platform customers have been increasingly requesting this capability. We owe special thanks to Duffie, Mohit, and Ed for helping us with this functionality! They are interested in combining the ease of user management through a SaaS-based directory services platform with the power and depth of enterprise-class Identity-as-a-Service systems. Part of that means managing the nitty-gritty details of consistent IDs across systems yourself. Learn how you might have to uncover an ID conflict manually.

Conflict Resolution in the Cloud

We recently added a capability to our virtual identity provider. As you manage your user accounts and servers, JumpCloud® is checking for conflicts. If it detects a conflict, it lets you know where the issue is so that you can decide on the best course of action. Admins need smart tools at the ready when they have complicated infrastructures to run. Manage your privileged user access with JumpCloud because it’s easy yet powerful. We offer a free forever 10 users account with unlimited servers and users. Let us know if we can answer any questions.


Greg Keller

JumpCloud CTO, Greg Keller is a career product visionary and executive management leader. With over two decades of product management, product marketing, and operations experience ranging from startups to global organizations, Greg excels in successful go-to-market execution.

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