How to Work Smarter with JumpCloud Groups

Managing users and systems manually is a real pain for IT admins. Thankfully, with JumpCloud®Groups in Directory-as-a-Service®, admins can automate much of their management processes with just a few clicks. If you are just getting started with JumpCloud, or would like to up your Directory-as-a-Service game in general, here’s how to work smarter with JumpCloud Groups.

Creating Groups

First things first. Let’s talk about creating Groups. There are two types of Groups available in JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service: users and systems. 

User Groups

Users Groups consist of users that are joined together and organized based on shared traits. Admins can use JumpCloud User Groups to assign various privileges and access rights. We will get into both of these in more detail a little later.

System Groups

System Groups can be organized based on operating system (OS) or other factors (once again, more on that in a second). System Groups can be connected to users and groups of users to provide those users access to all of the systems present in a Group. 

Both users and systems can exist in multiple Groups.

Using Groups

Groups are one of the most effective forms of identity management automation for IT admins using JumpCloud, especially regarding new user onboarding. Groups can be used to federate access to networks, applications, and more across users and systems at scale. Effectively, IT admins can apply access privileges to their entire organization, or specific segments thereof, in a few simple clicks. 

Using Groups, admins can also apply JumpCloud Policies across entire swathes of systems (Windows®, Mac®, and/or Linux®). Policies—used in tandem with Groups—are a JumpCloud analogue to the popular group policy objects (GPOs) of Microsoft® Active Directory®. JumpCloud Policies allow IT admins to finely control security settings and other impactful attributes to manage system settings, so tying them in with Groups enables this control at scale. Of course, the ability to automate at scale is highly dependent upon the way Groups are organized.

Group Organization

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Zach DeMeyer. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/groups-work-smarter/

Zach DeMeyer

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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