AD Bridge

Many organizations leverage Microsoft® Active Directory® as their directory services solution. Unfortunately, AD presents a number of challenges for IT admins – especially as these organizations move resources off-premises to the cloud, adopt new operating systems like Mac and Linux, and face the challenges of integrating new offices and remote personnel. The most common results are that new ‘directories’ have to be spun up and managed, MacBooks go unmanaged, and applications and other resources suddenly have their own credential ‘silos’, disconnected from the authoritative credentials established in AD. The risk to organizations increases dramatically when IT resources aren’t centrally managed and controlled. One way to mitigate this risk is with JumpCloud’s AD Bridge. Our AD bridge technology extends AD to cloud infrastructure resources that are not directly bound to the AD Domain Controller infrastructure. As a result, AD remains your master authority, and user identities are extended to all of the resources they need access to, on-premise and in the cloud.

Implementing the AD Bridge is straightforward. An agent is installed on the Microsoft Domain Controller to synchronize users and groups from Active Directory to JumpCloud. IT admins can choose which users and groups are kept in sync with JumpCloud. Any updates to those users or groups performed in Active Directory are automatically propagated to JumpCloud, including password updates, changes in group membership, and account terminations. Once identities are in JumpCloud, those users can then be easily extended to cloud infrastructure through JumpCloud’s various protocols and services (e.g., SAML, LDAP, RADIUS and system agents). Simplify user and system management on Macs or Linux servers among other resources, manage remote workers without the need for VPN tethering, and more. Just like that, IT resources that are off-premises or tend to be difficult to bind directly with AD can be controlled by the core Active Directory instance for the organization.


  • Supports Active Directory on Windows Server 2008, 2012 and 2016.
  • Authentication services for remote/unbound Mac, Linux, and Windows systems.
  • User and group synchronization for all or selected objects.
  • AD to JumpCloud password and data synchronization in seconds.
  • Authenticate AD user accounts through JumpCloud’s cloud-based LDAP, RADIUS, and SAML services.
  • Multi-factor authentication services for JumpCloud synchronized user accounts and Mac for Linux systems.


  • Maintain a centralized identity scheme and allow AD to be the master authority of authentication.
  • Control access to Mac, Windows and Linux systems not directly bound to AD with AD credentials.
  • Simplify authentication to remote and non-supported resources unconnected to AD without VPN.
  • Improve security by reducing identity silos and connecting all resources to AD mastered identities.
  • Eliminate on-premise redundant LDAP servers to manage hosted server infrastructure.


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