Understand the Difference Between the Google Workspace Integration and Google Workspace SSO Connector

There are two ways you can connect Google Workspace to JumpCloud; our Google Workspace Integration or our Google Workspace SSO Connector. 

Read this article to learn more about the benefits and use cases for each and how they can be used together.

Key Differences

The following are key differences between integrating Google Workspace and implementing Google Workspace SSO:

Google Workspace Integration

  • Is an OAuth2-based integration.
  • Gives you the option to manage users from JumpCloud. You can provision users, manage their attributes, and suspend them in JumpCloud or Google.
  • Allows users to log into Google Workspace directly.
  • Requires you to configure Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) in Google.
  • Once users login through the JumpCloud User Portal, JumpCloud is established as the password authority; whenever the user password or attributes change in JumpCloud, JumpCloud then updates Google Workspace.

Google Workspace SSO

  • Is a SAML 2.0-based integration.
  • Requires users to be managed in JumpCloud. Every Google Workspace user must also be a JumpCloud user to log in to Google Workspace.
  • Directs users to log in to Google from the JumpCloud User Portal. Even if they attempt to log in to Google directly, they will be redirected to sso.jumpcloud.com.
  • Requires you to configure MFA in JumpCloud.
  • Users are always forced to authenticate against JumpCloud.

​​​​About Our Google Workspace Integration

What is it?

JumpCloud’s Google Workspace Integration uses OAuth to create a secure, persistent connection between Google Workspace and JumpCloud. JumpCloud becomes the authoritative source of identity, which lets you: 

  • Import existing Google Workspace users.
  • Export new JumpCloud users to Google Workspace. 
  • Sync user attributes and passwords between JumpCloud and Google Workspace.
  • Centralize user provisioning and deprovisioning.
  • Give users one set of credentials to access JumpCloud, Google Workspace, and other resources you’ve integrated with JumpCloud, like systems, RADIUS, and LDAP.
Who should use it?

We recommend our Google Workspace Integration if you want to centralize user identity and lifecycle management in JumpCloud while still having the flexibility of creating users in either JumpCloud or Google Workspace. You can provision, update, and deprovision users in Google Workspace from JumpCloud. You can also provision users in Google Workspace and import them into JumpCloud. Accounts and user profiles remain in sync. Users only need to remember one password to access all their JumpCloud and Google resources.

About Our Google Workspace SSO Connector

What is it?

The Google Workspace SSO Connector uses the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML 2.0) to authenticate JumpCloud users to Google Workspace. Connect the Google Workspace SSO connector to JumpCloud to:

  • Manage user access to Google Workspace.
  • Map user attributes between JumpCloud and Google Workspace so that you can customize user permissions and roles. 
  • Give users one set of credentials to access JumpCloud, Google Workspace, and other resources you’ve integrated with JumpCloud, like systems, RADIUS, and LDAP.
Who should use it?

We recommend our Google Workspace SSO connector for controlling access to Google Workspace from JumpCloud. This allows you to centralize access management from JumpCloud. Users benefit by having a consistent experience for accessing all JumpCloud managed resources and all Google resources.

Benefits of Using Both

We recommend our Google Workspace Integration if you want to centralize user identity and lifecycle management in JumpCloud while still having the flexibility of creating users in either JumpCloud or Google Workspace. You can provision, update, and deprovision users in Google Workspace from JumpCloud. You can also provision users in Google Workspace and import them into JumpCloud. Accounts and user profiles remain in sync. Users only need to remember one password to access all their JumpCloud and Google resources.

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