Active Directory in the Cloud

Remote file server access and secure file sharing solution with integrated Active Directory in the cloud for your mobile workforce, allowing any user to access files in a network share and Active Directory anytime, anywhere. In addition, the drive letter can be preserved to avoid training and underlying changes.

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Currently, technologies such as the active directory and the Microsoft Windows file system have become obsolete, in our opinion, due to the technological growth of any company in any sector.

One solution is to mount our own "cloud" at a higher level as Triofox does, where, without losing our active directory and file system, we can have full access to the folders from anywhere.

Jose Carlos Torro Belda
IT Operations Director

What are the popular active directories in the cloud?

Active directory is an integral part of a cloud storage access solution

What are the popular active directories in the cloud?

Azure Active Directory

Azure Active Directory is a part of the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing service. It is an identity service that provides single sign-on and multi-factor authentication for Windows infrastructure and third-party applications via Azure API integration. It also provides on-premise synchronization from AD to Azure AD and identity synchronization with Office 365 users.

On-Premise Active Directory

On-premise infrastructures can be moved to a regional data center as is. When traditional Active Directory servers are deployed in data centers and connected to other applications via site-to-site VPN, LDAP services, or Active Directory federation services, they effectively become active directories in the cloud (data center).

AWS Directory Service

The AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, is another popular active directory in the cloud. In short, the three major public cloud computing services, AWS, Windows Azure, and Google Cloud Service, all have managed active directory services in the cloud.

Mobilize your file servers with cloud active directory integration!

Gladinet solutions complement on-premises file servers with cloud file services with remote access, secure file sharing, and data protection features, while maintaining legacy security safeguards, permission controls, and data ownership! Active Directory integration is a key feature that allows mobile workers to continue logging in as their own Active Directory user identities when accessing file servers or cloud storage over the Internet.

Active Directory Cloud Integration Features

Whether you want to set up a cloud file server or bring cloud services to existing on-premise file servers, Gladinet offers many Active Directory integration features.


Direct local Active Directory integration over the local area network using LDAP and LDAPS protocols.


Direct Azure Active Directory integration over Windows Azure API, common RESTful APIs over HTTPS.


Azure AD has SAML configuration for single sign-on. On-premise AD has AFDS for single sign-on integration.


Avoid the cost of manually replicating files and folders or recreating NTFS permissions.


Integration with Active Directory home directory configuration so that the same home drive becomes the user's cloud home drive.


Multiple active directories can be consolidated into one when users come 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 to the client agents via HTTPS/SSL 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 convenience of mobile apps to present a unified file and folder view across multiple device factors!

Web Server Component

1. Web Server Component

The Gladinet solution includes a web server front-end that accepts client agent requests from remote Windows, Mac, web browser, iOS, and Android devices. In the case of single sign-on, a SAML protocol is used.

Agents Send File Requests

2. Agents Send File Requests

Client agents send HTTPS/SSL requests to the Gladinet server. The Gladinet server can log the requests for auditing purposes and also coordinate file access and sharing demands before forwarding the requests to the file servers.

Active Directory Integration

3. Active Directory Integration

Active Directory and NTFS permissions are used to verify that file requests are allowed. Then, the file requests are fulfilled and returned to the client agents, such as the mobile applications, via HTTPS/SSL.

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