Welcome to the August edition of the JumpCloud® Newsletter! This month we talk about new SAML features and connectors, a host of new Windows® Policies, as well as a selection of new Early Access features, and more! You can find a more technical breakdown of our recent releases in our monthly release notes.
Active Directory® Integration is in Full Swing!
In case you missed it, JumpCloud’s Active Directory (AD) Integration feature is now live! AD Integration provides organizations with the ability to bi-directionally sync users, passwords, and their group assignments, between AD and JumpCloud. Organizations can use AD Integration for the purpose of authenticating AD users against JumpCloud’s cloud-based authentication services. The AD Integration feature is broken into two parts:
The AD Import agent is downloaded onto your AD domain controller(s). With AD Import, admins can propagate their AD credentials to non-domain, JumpCloud-managed resources like Macs, Linux servers, web apps, and more.
AD Sync, a Pro add-on feature, utilizes an additional agent that enables users to manage their own password changes from JumpCloud into AD, making managing identities between AD and JumpCloud a breeze for users and admins alike. This is especially powerful with macOS systems where users can leverage the Mac system app for password updates.
If you want to learn more about AD Integration, please contact your Customer Success Manager, or check out our AD Integration webpage.
Product Update: SAML Auto-Certificate Generation
Previously, for JumpCloud SAML connections, all public IdP certificates and their associated private keys had to be manually created. We’ve simplified that process by generating SAML IdP certificate/key pairs automatically in JumpCloud.
Admins will no longer be required to manually create cert/key pairs unless they choose to do so. They will also be able to download automatically-generated certificates, as well as replace cert/key pairs as necessary, such as when certificates expire. To assist with this, our SAML connectors will also show certificate expiration dates in the admin portal UI. You can read more about this new functionality in our Knowledge Base at the link below.