Note: This functionality is suitable for Private Cloud and is not highly demanded by Public Cloud
Active Directory (AD) is a popular directory service for Windows networks that organizes and controls access to the resources and processes within the confines of a separate domain. It provides tools for managing individual network accounts, as well as for running the network-wide operations. Taking the benefits from its easily adjustable scalability, the Active Directory can be used for serving both small and large network environments.
With the help of the AD technology, Jelastic provides an ability to bind a particular domain to a specific group of users (or several of them), thus all of the Windows-based nodes, created by these group members, will belong to that stated domain. The benefits of this option may become especially useful for Jelastic Private Cloud partners: for example, if you have several large customers, you can create a set of separate user groups and allocate an individual domain for each of them, so every group can be maintained independently and the required tasks and configurations won’t intersect. Another possible situation is when it is needed to grant some particular permissions to a third-party organization or to the clients themselves - in such a case, you can include them in a separate group with a domain bound and, with the help of AD feature, assign the required permissions on resource access and delegate administration of the group to the appointed manager or group lead.
So, let’s reveal how this can be done. The list of available Active Directory domains can be managed by navigating to the JCA > Cluster > AD Domains (Windows) menu point:
The following information is provided within the table inside:
- the first column contains the appropriate Domain name
the second one shows the domain’s DNS (an optional value)