User Provisioning and Single Sign-On with Office 365

Written by Rajat Bhargava on July 14, 2016

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Office 365 is officially a hit. With over 70 million active monthly users and counting, Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest growing commercial product ever.

Organizations and enterprises have spoken and they like their productivity software to be hosted on the cloud. That would explain not only the success of O365, but also the millions of businesses using Google Apps for Work.

As Office 365 adoption increases, there has also been an increase in clamoring from IT admins and managers for more O365 functionality. In particular, here at JumpCloud, we kept hearing from IT admins who wished that Office 365 could function more like a directory service:  provisioning and authenticating access for users.

Of course, they also wanted the ease of access that comes with Single Sign-On (SSO).

Both are now possible thanks to the teaming up of Office 365 with a SaaS-based cloud directory, otherwise known as Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS).

User Provisioning with Office 365


Isn’t user provisioning the domain of the directory? Yes, it is – but with Microsoft Active Directory still the leading directory solution, many businesses have had enough and are looking for AD alternatives. Frankly, with so much business getting done in the cloud, it no longer makes sense for the directory to stay anchored on-premises.

Now Office 365 can function as a the core identity provider of your organization.

Really? Yes, this is possible, but not without some help.

It starts with an automatic user import of all O365 users into a cloud directory. Here’s a step-by-step rundown of how it works with JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service. In this example, it’s really pretty simple and automated.

Once the accounts have been synchronized between Office 365 and the directory service, changes which occur to the account on JumpCloud will propagate immediately to the linked Office 365 account. These can include changes to the users and administrators, first and last names, passwords, and emails.

An admin can also remotely disable any Office 365 account from the central console. De-provision O365 account access with the click of a button!

Make work happen with Directory-as-a-Service
Single Sign-On (SSO) with Office 365

Single Sign-On is a term that has become practically meaningless over the years, as more and more services offer SSO that doesn’t actually allow users to access the wide variety of resources and infrastructure at use today.

Office 365 is a perfect example. Some supposed SSO providers don’t allow access to third-party apps like O365…of if they do, then they don’t provide access to other critical IT resources or infrastructure.

This has prompted the creation of a new term, True Single Sign-On™, for SSO that actually can provide access to everything at use in the modern office. That’s what’s available through JumpCloud’s virtual directory, which is completely compatible with Office 365.

Learn more about “true” cloud single sign-on here.

Do both with a Cloud Directory

Directory-as-a-Service enables organizations to achieve both user provisioning and single sign-on with Office 365.

Learn how you can turn your Office 365 identities into core identities that are capable of accessing all of your IT resources, from systems to cloud infrastructure, WiFi authentication, and third-party apps – all managed from one central location – here.

If you’re currently using Office 365 and you want to have a single point of control for identity management, then JumpCloud’s virtual directory is the best option on the market. JumpCloud allows you to make the shift to the cloud and while unifying an employee’s identity across Office 365, Google Apps, System log­in, WiFi authentication, application sign­-on, server access and more.

Contact us or get started today with your free account for 10 users.

Rajat Bhargava

Rajat Bhargava is co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, the first Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS). JumpCloud securely connects and manages employees, their devices and IT applications. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Rajat is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private.

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