Replace Active Directory With Directory-as-a-Service

Eliminate the cost, frustration, and security risks associated with running Active Directory® and its requisite add-ons. Directory-as-a-Service® replaces AD with all-in-one access control and device management in the cloud, securely connecting your users to virtually all of their IT resources with a single identity and zero on-prem hardware.

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Directory Services for Modern IT Environments

IT infrastructure has evolved in the last 20 years. Active Directory (AD) wasn’t built for companies using a variety of operating systems (Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®), WiFi/VPNs, and SaaS apps like Jira, Salesforce, GitHub, and Slack. Add in AWS® cloud infrastructure and the need to implement and demonstrate modern security baselines across your entire heterogeneous environment, and the value of an AD alternative becomes clear. Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) was built for IT admins to govern virtually all types of IT resources, both on-prem and in the cloud, in our rapidly changing world.

A Smooth Transition With JumpCloud’s Active Directory Migration Utility

Until recently, many IT professionals would’ve considered it impossible to migrate from Active Directory to an entirely cloud-based directory service. JumpCloud makes that process not only possible, but surprisingly easy. The Active Directory Migration Utility (ADMU) helps companies easily migrate Windows systems to JumpCloud from existing Active Directory domain environments, converting domain-bound Windows user profiles to local profiles that can be managed by JumpCloud, with all user attributes preserved.

Pro Tip: You can begin testing JumpCloud with your Macs, Linux servers, non-domain bound Windows machines, AWS cloud infrastructure, and/or web applications such as G Suite™ by signing up for a free admin account, which lets you manage up to 10 users and systems. You can also begin by using the ADMU to migrate an individual Windows system or two, completely free. Learn more in our ADMU wiki.

Give users one set of credentials to log into devices, networks, apps, and servers, both on-prem and in the cloud

Use GPO-like functions to control and secure Mac, Windows, and Linux systems to your standards

Leverage the LDAP, RADIUS, & SAML authentication protocols in the cloud

Integrate a single identity with competing cloud solutions like Office 365™, G Suite, AWS, or Azure®

Achieve and demonstrate regulatory compliance with uniform security measures, system reporting, and event logging across your environment

Enforce password complexity requirements and multi-factor authentication (MFA/2FA) for virtually all IT resources

Automate user provisioning and deprovisioning; revoke access to resources in one click

“AD doesn't seem to be working anymore for a lot of our customers. [JumpCloud] offers a cloud-based directory service that provides users with a single identity across all of the disparate resources we now find in today’s IT environments.”

—Michael G. Kerr , Director of Marketing at Gamatech Limited

Benefits

Manage Your Entire IT Infrastructure

In its prime, AD offered comprehensive access control and device management for Windows-centric environments, wrapped in the security of the domain. Users enjoyed a true single sign-on experience, accessing all their IT resources with one set of AD credentials. Restore that level of convenience and control over a modern domainless environment by replacing AD with Directory-as-a-Service.

Comprehensive Identity & Device Security

Dramatically step up security across your entire environment from one web console. Toggle on multi-factor authentication (MFA/2FA) for Mac, Windows, & Linux systems, VPNs, web applications, and more. Combat browser-based phishing attacks by enabling password updates at the OS level that propagate to virtually all IT resources.

Delivered as a Service

Born in the cloud, DaaS offers the power of a complete directory service without the hassles of on-prem configuration and maintenance. Redundancy and high availability are built into the platform, providing peace of mind and consolidating IAM infrastructure into a single, easily forecasted operational expense.

Many IT teams and company executives assume that the problem of secure IAM has been solved. And for many existing organizations, it was solved with Active Directory, but it’s not anymore. It’s time to take a hard look in the mirror and assess the true state of your IAM. Learn more about the modern security challenges facing AD environments and how to solve them with an alternative cloud directory service:

Analysis: Modernizing Identity Security

Many IT teams and company executives assume that the problem of secure IAM has been solved. And for many existing organizations, it was solved with Active Directory, but it’s not anymore. It’s time to take a hard look in the mirror and assess the true state of your IAM. Learn more about the modern security challenges facing AD environments and how to solve them with an alternative cloud directory service:

For some organizations, replacing Active Directory is like replacing a car’s engine — it can’t be done while you’re cruising down the highway. But just as vehicles need to pull off for gas and maintenance from time to time, convenient opportunities to migrate from on-prem servers to a modern cloud directory service sometimes emerge. For many organizations, that opportunity is now as the world has shifted to embrace remote work. Learn more about timing your transition away from AD:

Blog Post: 11 Opportunities to Migrate Off Active Directory

For some organizations, replacing Active Directory is like replacing a car’s engine — it can’t be done while you’re cruising down the highway. But just as vehicles need to pull off for gas and maintenance from time to time, convenient opportunities to migrate from on-prem servers to a modern cloud directory service sometimes emerge. For many organizations, that opportunity is now as the world has shifted to embrace remote work. Learn more about timing your transition away from AD:

Already leveraging PowerShell to automate admin tasks in your Windows domain environment? With JumpCloud in place of Active Directory, you can use PowerShell to manage your entire identity infrastructure including access to Mac, Windows, and Linux systems, web and on-prem applications, WiFi and VPN networks, cloud servers, and more. Learn more about automating your IAM workflows with our PowerShell module:

Manage Your New Identity Infrastructure With PowerShell

Already leveraging PowerShell to automate admin tasks in your Windows domain environment? With JumpCloud in place of Active Directory, you can use PowerShell to manage your entire identity infrastructure including access to Mac, Windows, and Linux systems, web and on-prem applications, WiFi and VPN networks, cloud servers, and more. Learn more about automating your IAM workflows with our PowerShell module: