Whiteboard Video: LDAP Authentication to Samba and NAS

By Jon Griffin Posted November 22, 2017

Whiteboard Video LDAP Authentication to Samba and NAS

Recently, our CPO Greg Keller has been delivering a series of whiteboard videos in which he lays out different components of the Directory-as-a-Service® platform. These videos are designed to increase awareness into the functionality of the cloud-based directory, in order to help everyone understand exactly how the platform works. In this part of the series, Greg goes through authentication with on-prem file servers. You can find the video “LDAP Authentication to Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances | Whiteboard Video” by clicking on the video below.

Why Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances?

Why LDAP Authentication to Samba and NAS

The world is moving to the cloud. That is a certainty. However, there are still some circumstances where on-prem resources are necessary. One prime example of this is with file storage. While there are plenty of great offerings in the cloud, in certain situations they just cannot keep up with the performance of on-prem resources like Samba file servers or NAS appliances. If your organization has a lot of large files that take a lot of time to load (e.g. a large video file), then cloud storage may not be the right solution. Storing large files in the cloud means that it takes longer to access these files, and slows productivity. When stored on-prem however, the load times are much faster, and productivity improves as a result. For this exact reason, many organizations are still employing on-prem file storage servers. The downside of this is that they are a challenge to set up authentication to them. An end user may need to create a new identity just to get into the file storage, and the IT admin may need to set up an entire LDAP server to handle the authentication. Not ideal for the employee, and not ideal for the IT admin.

This is where JumpCloud’s platform comes in. Directory-as-a-Service grants admins a method to control access to this on-prem storage through cloud LDAP. By pointing the Samba or NAS devices to our LDAP-as-a-Service offering for authentication, IT organizations can not only control who gains access to the storage, but also how. Because JumpCloud is the central identity provider, this means that you can use the same credentials for your data storage authentication that you do for all of your other IT resources. This can be your G Suite credentials, O365 credentials, even existing AD credentials if there is already one in place. Directory-as-a-Service allows companies to attain True Single Sign-On™, with all of their cloud and on-prem resources.

Learn More About LDAP Authentication to Samba and NAS

LDAP Authentication to Samba and NAS

JumpCloud’s centralized directory is built to help admins have easier and more efficient user management. With DaaS, admins can manage systems (Windows, Mac, Linux), cloud and on-prem servers (AWS, GCP, Azure), web and on-prem applications (LDAP, SAML), physical and virtual storage (Samba and NAS file servers), and wired and WiFi networks via RADIUS all in one location. No longer is there a need for siloed identities or long winded onboarding and offboarding processes. All of your resources can be managed in one location, through one admin console.

If you would like to learn more about using LDAP Authentication to Samba and NAS storage devices, reach out to us. We would be happy to explain how the process works, and answer any question that you may have. Alternatively, you can also check out the platform for yourself. This way, you can see how all of the functionality works right at your fingertips, and ensure that it’ll work in your environment. All you need to do is simply sign up for a free account. Your first 10 users are free forever, with no credit card required, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. Sign up now!

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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