Cerberus FTP Server

Active Directory Integration

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Cerberus FTP Server is able to authenticate users against a domain’s Active Directory (AD) database. Active Directory is a logical grouping of users and computers in a Windows domain, centrally managed by servers called domain controllers. Our User Manager’s AD integration allows administrators to configure user accounts and security groups within their AD instance and have these settings replicate throughout Cerberus FTP Server, saving administrators significant time and supporting data access compliance.

Support for Primary & Secondary AD Groups

At-a-Glance Group Visualizations

How it Works

Configuring Cerberus to use Active Directory authentication simply requires:

  1. Enabling the Active Directory authentication setting, and
  2. Specifying the name of the domain to authenticate against

Users are able to login to the server over FTP, SSH SFTP, or through the HTTP/S web client, using the same username and password they use to log into their workstations on the domain.

For the purpose of access to files and folders, the user has the same access as the Active Directory user with the same name. All operations on the server by the user are carried out while impersonating the Active Directory user so you can be sure NTFS permissions are applied correctly.

What Do I Need to Use Active Directory Authentication?

Your organization will need a Windows Domain Controller running Active Directory. The server running Cerberus FTP Server does not have to be a domain controller and the server can be installed on any machine that is a member of the domain.

If you wish to authenticate against an Active Directory domain without being a member of the domain (for example, a server in the DMZ), you can use LDAP authentication to authenticate your users.

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Cerberus FTP Server Editions


  • FTP/S Server
  • SOAP control API
  • IP auto-banning
  • User groups
  • Web administration
  • Virtual directories

$499 | 1 Yr Maintenance

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  • SFTP server 
  • AD/LDAP integration
  • FIPS-140-2
  • Public key authentication
  • Client certificate verification
  • Server replication

$899 | 1 Yr Maintenance

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  • MFT server
  • HTTPS web client
  • Event automation
  • Email alerts
  • File retention policies
  • Ad-hoc sharing

$2,199 | 1 Yr Maintenance

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Here’s what a few of our many satisfied customers have to say about Cerberus FTP Server.

“Our users have found Cerberus to be straightforward.  We have handled many service tickets over the past three years, and Cerberus has had the least number of issues, by far.”

James Fayson

IT Service Owner, PACE, OASIS, Duke Health Technology Solutions

“We’ve been using Cerberus for at least five years, and it’s been awesome. Everything’s been very simple and easy, and we haven’t come across any limitations. It always just seems to work.”

Jake Cloward

Support Manager, Companion Corporation

“It’s not designed to be complicated, and it doesn’t need to be managed. I can hire someone new and they can be up to speed in minutes. Everyone on the team loves it.”

Tim Klein

Systems Administrator, Netalytics/Methasoft

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