Tutorial Video: Getting Started with LDAP-as-a-Service

By Jon Griffin Posted September 1, 2017

Are you interested in learning about how JumpCloud’s LDAP-as-a-Service feature works? Then watch the tutorial video on getting started with LDAP-as-a-Service, embedded below.

What is LDAP-as-a-Service?

Also called virtual LDAP or hosted LDAP, LDAP-as-a-Service can be defined simply as an LDAP-based directory that is hosted for you in the cloud.

IT admins who leverage this technology gain the ability to authenticate users into applications and hardware through an OpenLDAP based cloud server. This is possible due to two core components of our hosted LDAP service: our Bind DN, which is a service account that grants applications the ability to read our LDAP Directory, and our Search Base, which is able to define the location where the LDAP search will begin within the directory.

Other key features include:

  • Highly available, global LDAP servers
  • RFC 2307-compliant schema
  • Standard LDAP configurations to enable connections with virtually all LDAP clients
  • LDAP and LDAPS available (ports 389 in clear text or STARTTLS, and 636 with SSL)
  • Support for inetOrgPerson, groupOfNames, posixGroup objects
  • Users can be bind-only, or can both bind and search with a single mouse-click
  • Support for memberOf overlay (identify group membership from the user)
  • Easy to use SaaS interface
  • End User/Employee Self Service
  • Control your whole directory via a simple REST API

With JumpCloud’s LDAP-as-a-Service, IT admins no longer need to deal with the many difficulties of manually managing a LDAP server. All of the setup, maintenance, and hardware is taken care of by us, providing a simple and easy to use interface for admins to use. View the video below for a walkthrough of the LDAP-as-a-Service offering.

Getting Started: LDAP-as-a-Service | Video Tutorial


In this video, our technical support specialist Kyle Randolph demonstrates how you can use LDAP-as-a-Service with the Atlassian JIRA platform.

Hopefully you found this video tutorial helpful, but in the event that you would like additional instruction or information on implementing a virtual LDAP service, you can visit our support page here. LDAP-as-a-Service is an incredibly useful feature, and getting it setup properly can ensure that use going forward is smooth.

Questions about LDAP-as-a-Service?

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If you have any questions about our cloud-based LDAP service, feel free to reach out to us on our contact page. We would be happy to help you figure out if the virtual LDAP service can work for you. You can also sign up for a demo to see the LDAP-as-a-Service offering first hand.

If you would like to find other tutorial videos, you can find a playlist on our YouTube page that features all of our various tutorials. Alternatively, feel free to visit our Knowledge Base to find detailed support documentation.

Don’t Have JumpCloud Yet?

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What are you waiting for? You can sign up for a free account now, without even needing to input your credit card. Your first 10 users are free forever, so there’s no reason not to give the cloud-based directory a shot. Learn more about the virtual identity provider by checking out our technical data sheet

To hear a customer story detailing the use of LDAP-as-a-Service to automate the management of hundreds of virtual servers, check out this case study.

Jon Griffin

Jon Griffin works as a writer for JumpCloud, an organization focused on bringing centralized IT to the modern organization. He graduated with a degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and is an avid learner of new technology from cloud-based innovations to VR and more.

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