For over 20 years, Active Directory has been a staple in IT infrastructure. AD got its roots in the early 2000’s through the Microsoft dominated enterprise, and has been holding on ever since. However, as the years have progressed, more and more areas of the infrastructure have emerged that aren’t very compatible with AD. Mac and Linux machines have risen in popularity, services and applications have moved to the cloud, and employees are wanting to work remotely and through wireless connections. AD just doesn’t have the functionality to connect to all of this on its own, and as a result many IT resources have started to become poorly managed with multiple silos, or not managed at all. Leaving your infrastructure in this setup can be a security risk, and in addition it’s just a hassle to deal with. It is vital to have all of your identities in one authoritative directory that can connect to all IT resources. But in some cases, AD is so deeply ingrained in the IT infrastructure that the challenges of moving off it to a more modern directory are just too great. Does this mean that those locked into AD are doomed to manually maintain siloed identities and unmanaged machines?

The answer is no. The solution to this challenge is to leverage AD Bridge.

JumpCloud® AD Bridge

The AD bridge solution from JumpCloud is able to extend your AD existence to the cloud, granting it the ability to connect to your cloud infrastructure and applications, wired and wireless networks, non Windows machines like Mac and Linux, and more. With it, you can ensure that your IT organization has all of its identities in one directory connecting end users to whatever resources they need. So, how does it work?

The process is fairly straightforward. Simply install the JumpCloud AD Bridge agent on the AD server to enable a connection between the two. Then, users and groups can be mirrored into JumpCloud’s web based platform, which in turn connects them to the cloud IT resources. Any updates that are made to these users or groups on AD are automatically pushed to JumpCloud, eliminating the need for siloed identities that aren’t connected to your core source of authority. Having this setup also allows for systems to be connected to JumpCloud, simplifying the process of connecting Mac or Linux machines to your AD-managed identities for authentication and control. Essentially, JumpCloud becomes the bridge that connects all of your systems, networks, and applications to the on-prem instance of Active Directory.

With the AD instance completely connected to your on-prem and cloud based resources, IT finally regains control over their resources. Access to Mac, Windows, and Linux systems can all be controlled with AD credentials, with the added bonus of MFA and other security features. Authentication to remote and unsupported resources can be done without a VPN. Redundant LDAP servers that are used to manage cloud server infrastructure are no longer needed. Remote workers can finally be managed by IT admins. Security is increased due to the removal of identity silos and implementation of a central identity.

With all of these benefits, it is clear that extending your Active Directory instance to the cloud is the next step for the organizations that want to maintain their AD servers. Don’t continue to frustrate yourself with the challenges of manually managing siloed identities and machines. Check out JumpCloud’s AD Bridge, and see for yourself how simple it can be to regain control over your IT resources. You can sign up for a free account to try it out for yourself by clicking here. The first 10 users are free forever, so there’s no reason not to give it a shot. You can also reach out to us if you have any questions on what the AD Bridge can do for you.