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Microsoft® Active Directory® Bridge

Microsoft® Active Directory® Bridge

Many organizations leverage Microsoft® Active Directory® as their directory services solution. Unfortunately, as these organizations move to the cloud and add new device and operating systems to their environment, AD isn’t able to securely control access to those IT resources. IT admins end up managing Macs, Linux devices, and cloud infrastructure such as AWS, GCE, and SoftLayer manually or through additional directories. The risk to organizations increases dramatically when IT resources aren’t centrally managed and controlled. JumpCloud’s Active Directory Bridge technology extends AD to cloud infrastructure and non-Windows operating systems. Through our AD Bridge, the same identities in Active Directory can be managed and controlled across the cloud.

Active Directory Bridge diagram

Implementing the AD Bridge is straightforward. An agent is installed on the Microsoft Domain Controller to synchronize users from Active Directory to JumpCloud. IT admins can choose which users are extended to JumpCloud. Any updates to those users are automatically propagated to JumpCloud, including password updates, changes in permissions, and account terminations. Once identities are in JumpCloud, those users can then be easily extended to cloud infrastructure, Macs, or Linux devices among others. Just like that, IT resources off-premises can be controlled by the core Active Directory instance for the organization.

The benefits of extending Active Directory to the cloud can be monumental. Organizations can now leverage their core identities for all of their IT resources, even if they aren’t Windows-based or on-premises. This increases security and decreases the chances that dormant accounts will be left on devices. As Mac and Linux devices continue to infiltrate companies small and large, IT admins have an answer without having to change out Active Directory. IT admins have full user and device management control of Mac and Linux machines through JumpCloud. For an organization’s user base, the benefit is single sign-on access to a wide variety of IT resources. No longer do users have to create separate login credentials for their AWS or Google Compute Engine servers, for example. JumpCloud extends an organization’s investment in Active Directory while enabling the use of modern cloud technology.


  • Extend Microsoft Active Directory 2008 & 2012 to cloud infrastructure (AWS, GCE, etc.)
  • Authenticate and manage Macs and Linux devices using Microsoft AD credentials
  • Users and credentials are always consistent with Active Directory
  • Choose which users are extended to the cloud


  • One identity to access all IT resources
  • Eliminate multiple directories
  • Bring cloud-based infrastructure into the IT fold
  • Better security and easier compliance processes

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