Active Directory in the Cloud

Remote File Server Access and Secure File Sharing Solution Integrates with Active Directory in the Cloud for Your Mobile Workforce.

What are the popular active directories in the cloud?

Active directory is an integral part of a cloud storage access solution
Azure Active Directory
Azure Active Directory is part of the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing service. It is an identity service that provides single sign-on, multi-factor authentication for Windows infrastructures and third party applications through the Azure API integration. It also have on-premise AD to Azure AD synchronization and identity synchronization with Office 365 users.
On-Premise Active Directory
On-premise infrastructures can be moved into a regional data center as-is. When traditional Active Directory servers are deployed in data centers and connect to other applications via site-to-site VPN or via LDAP services or via Active Directory Federation Services, they effectively become active directories in the cloud (data center).
AWS Directory Service
AWS directory service for Microsoft Active Directory, or as known as the AWS Managed Microsoft AD is another popular active directory in the cloud. In short, the big three public cloud computing services, the AWS, Windows Azure and Google Cloud Service, they all have managed active directory services in the cloud.

Mobilize your file servers with cloud active directory integration!

Gladinet solutions add cloud file services to on-premise file server with remote access, secure file sharing and data protection capabilities, while retaining the old security safeguards, permission controls and data ownership! Active Directory integration is an important feature enabling mobile workforce to continue to login as their own active directory user identities when they are accessing file server storage or cloud storage over the Internet.

Active Directory Cloud Integration Features

Whether it be setting up a cloud file server, or bring cloud services to existing on-premise file servers, Gladinet has many active directory integration features.

Local Active Directory
Direct local active directory integration over the local area network using LDAP and LDAPS protocols.
Azure Active Directory
Direct Azure Active Directory integration via Windows Azure API, common RESTful APIs over HTTPS.
Single Sign-on
Azure AD has SAML configuration for single-signon. On-premise AD has AFDS for single-signon integration.
NTFS Permission
Avoid the cost of manual files and folders replication or recreation of NTFS permissions.
Home Directory
Integration with Active Directory home directory configuration so same home drive becomes user's cloud home drive.
Multiple AD
Multiple active directories can be consolidated into one when users are coming from different directory services.

How does it work?

Gladinet solutions have a web server component that accepts file requests from client agents and mobile applications over the HTTPS/SSL protocol. These requests are then translated into Active Directory and File Server network share access protected by NTFS permissions. The file is sent back via HTTPS/SSL to the client agents when all permission checks have passed. Gladinet uses this approach to combine the power of a mapped drive with the simplicity of web browsing and the handy mobile applications to present a unified files and folders view across multiple device factors!


Web Server Component
Gladinet solution contains a web server front end accepting client agent requests from remote Windows, Mac, web browser, iOS and Android devices. In the case of Single-Signon, a SAML protocol is followed.

Agents Send File Requests
Client agents send HTTPS/SSL requests to the Gladinet server. Gladinet server can log the requests for auditing purpose and also coordinate the file access and sharing demands before forwarding requests to file servers.

Active Directory Integration
Active Directory and NTFS permissions are used to check whether the file requests are allowed. After that, file requests are satisfied and returned via HTTPS/SSL to client agents such as the mobile applications.
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