• Manual cloud server user management is time-consuming and risky. Modern organizations leverage best practices and implement a cloud-based directory.
  • Connect your on-premises Active Directory to your Windows and Linux cloud servers with JumpCloud.
  • JumpCloud’s DaaS can enable secure temporary access to servers for contractors, partners, or service providers.

Manage Cloud Server Users

The IT landscape has changed dramatically since the introduction of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). More and more organizations are outsourcing their data centers to cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud among many others. However, with this move the majority of organizations are manually managing their cloud server users or writing scripts, resulting in extra work and opening the door for catastrophic security errors.

This has been a major responsibility for DevOps engineers and IT admins as of late, and is something that JumpCloud has strived to make easier. Now, with Directory-as-a-Service®, the manual cloud server user management problem is automated. This allows DevOps and IT admins to leverage JumpCloud as the central directory for their cloud servers or as a bridge to their on-premises Microsoft Active Directory implementation.

JumpCloud’s Method for Management of Cloud Server Users

JumpCloud’s approach to cloud server user management involves installing a lightweight agent on the system. This agent can leverage native APIs to provision, deprovision, and modify users on the server. Access can be granted via groups created within the cloud based directory. Users will automatically be synced to the Windows or Linux servers and authenticate user access. No need for IT admins to do any networking. JumpCloud secure mutual TLS connection between the server and the cloud directory ensure that it is all taken care of for you.

Directory-as-a-Service is easy to use as well. JumpCloud’s platform enables DevOps engineers and IT admins to make all user changes in one location via a web console. Once the change is made, it is propagated through to each server. A user’s access can be disabled across hundreds or even thousands of servers in an instant – a critical feature when offboarding an employee. Further, JumpCloud’s command execution capabilities can be leveraged to execute commands or scripts against those servers. You can think of the capability as an in depth cron or even similar to GPOs, except cross platform. JumpCloud’s user and system management capabilities ensure that DevOps and IT teams can manage their server infrastructure regardless of location, platform, or provider.

JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service is optimized to cover as much ground as it can for IT admins and their organizations. It’s an Identity-as-a-Service platform with centralized user management, True Single Sign-On™, system management tools, RADIUS-as-a-Service infrastructure, multi-factor authentication, the ability to function as a virtual LDAP server, and more. It truly makes the cloud server user management process efficient and secure. If you would like to try Directory-as-a-Service out for yourself, you can get access to a free account by clicking here. Additionally, if you have any questions you can always contact us as well.