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Active Directory Integration

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.

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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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