Understanding JumpCloud’s AD Bridge

Understanding JumpCloud’s AD Bridge


A while back we kicked off a new series of whiteboard videos where we discuss the cloud IAM space and how JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® is challenging traditional identity management methods. The ultimate goal of these whiteboard videos and accompanying blog posts like this one is to simplify complex topics within cloud IAM. In this post, we discuss JumpCloud’s AD Bridge.

The AD Bridge extends Active Directory® identities to the cloud and enables these identities to be deployed to non AD bound resources through the JumpCloud platform.  

You are more than welcome to skip straight to the video which you can find below, or continue reading to learn how our AD Bridge can extend your Active Directory identities to Mac and Linux systems, cloud servers, and help reel in your remote offices.

Active Directory and JumpCloud

JumpCloud’s AD Bridge

The first step in AD Bridge is identifying the Active Directory domain controller itself. Active Directory lives on a Windows 2008, 2012, or 2016 server as a role that is configured during the deployment of the server. The next component is JumpCloud and our cloud-based directory services. The integration of these two components is what allows your organization to propagate AD identities out to resources not directly bound to AD.

Integrating AD with JumpCloud

Below we’ll explain how to achieve this integration between Active Directory and JumpCloud in three steps. See the Support Center for AD Bridge for more in-depth instructions.

AD Bridge and JumpCloud

1. Install the JumpCloud AD Bridge Agent on Domain Controller(s)

The first thing that an IT admin will be doing is installing a special JumpCloud domain controller agent. This agent is installed on every AD domain controller. If you have a fairly elaborate forest of domain controllers that are interconnected, each of those domain controllers must have the AD Bridge agent installed on it. This is to ensure that password propagations – no matter where the authentication changes are coming in from – get properly caught and then securely transmitted out to JumpCloud.

Support Page:  Installing AD Bridge

2. Select Users to Extend from AD to JumpCloud

Once the AD Bridge agent (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Greg Keller. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/understanding-jumpclouds-ad-bridge/