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Google just released Secure LDAPhường. functionality to lớn Google Workspace for Education domains. This opens the door to many significant changes & opportunities for schools và districts. Coupling this with the new custom password policies, Google Workspace can now offer a viable alternative sầu khổng lồ on-premise LDAPhường. providers lượt thích AD or eDirectory.LDAP settings can be found under Apps in your Google Admin console.

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What Google Workspace Secure LDAP means for you

Many districts we work with rely on an on-premise LDAPhường provider lượt thích Active sầu Directory. We have seen a trover moving away from AD as a whole, but many districts still rely on it for authentication. Logging in to Windows PCs, SIS platforms, application software, etc are great reasons lớn keep AD around — until now. Google Workspace Secure LDAPhường. lets you connect any service or application that uses LDAP authentication khổng lồ your Google Workspace tên miền. Instead of users logging in with their AD credentials, Google Workspace credentials can be used. Successfully transitioning to Google Workspace for authentication for all of your cloud, website, and local services can have big implications down the road. We see this as a final step to removing dependency on Active Directory, but what else can we reduce? User provisioning options can be drastically simplified — many districts we work with use large scale identity management solutions lớn provision lớn many destinations. Removing AD completely means you can potentially provision directly to lớn Google Workspace from your SIS. If you can fully move sầu lớn Secure LDAP, you can potentially remove sầu all the physical và virtual infrastructure require lớn maintain an AD environment.

Moving khổng lồ Google Workspace Secure LDAP

Amplified IT has been participating in the Secure LDAP. Trusted Tester program for a few months. We have sầu been working with Google engineers on the Secure LDAPhường team, providing feedback và testing various situations. We have been successful in logging in lớn both Windows và Linux PCs with our Google Workspace account credentials! We were able to lớn decouple our Windows Server VMs running in Google Compute Engine from our Active sầu Directory tên miền, connect them to Google Workspace Secure LDAPhường, & remote desktop in using a Google Workspace username và password.

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Windows authentication is likely a big challenge when moving off AD & lớn Secure LDAP. Touching every Windows PC on a network will be difficult, but we’ve been testing a few solutions. We can automate connecting an individual PC lớn Secure LDAP.. We’re actively testing connecting a Windows AD Primary Domain Controller to Secure LDAPhường, so all clients can stay exactly as they are. We’ve successfully tested connecting a Windows PC to lớn a Linux VM, which is mix to authenticate to lớn Secure LDAPhường as a proxy. There are a lot of possibilities, và we’re seeing great success so far.Aside from Windows authentication, retìm kiếm will be required to identify all of your AD authentication dependencies. You can slowly roll out Secure LDAP as you identify tools & apps which rely on LDAPhường. for authentication. Once you have sầu one system connected khổng lồ Secure LDAP, the process will be familiar enough to lớn make it easy to lớn roll out. If you use a AD for GPO or software deployment, consider upgrading to Windows 10 or similar to take advantage of MDM.If you’re fully invested in ADFS, SSO, or other solutions, Secure LDAP might not make sense for your environment. If you’re eager khổng lồ remove your dependency on AD or another local LDAP provider, you should evaluate what Secure LDAP.. can vì chưng, and compare that to lớn what you need. Considering savings on AD management tools, on premise VMs & physical servers required lớn host that environment, và ease of user management are all good reasons to look at Secure LDAP as a low-cost alternative.

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UPDATE: We’re no longer helping people spin up Secure LDAPhường in favor of the newer Windows Management, Read about the change to lớn Windows device management here.

We’re no longer helping people spin up Secure LDAP in favor of the newer Windows Management. Read about the change to Windows device management here.

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Keegan MorrisonChief Cloud Architect

About the Author:

Keegan lives in Chesapeake, VA & works at Amplified IT’s trang chính office in Norfolk where he leads the Technical Services team. Keegan received his Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Computer Science & started work as a Linux Systems Administrator fresh out of college. When he isn’t working, he likes hiking and kayaking, spilling wood glue on his flannel shirts while attempting khổng lồ build things in his workcửa hàng, photography, and astronomy, & teaching his son animal noises instead of language. His favorite food is dark chocolate và his favorite drink is a hoppy West coast style IPA.


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