Business File Sharing

Build a branded, online file sharing solution for your customers with your infrastructure


Access Cloud Storage with Active Directory Identities

Seamlessly merge local IT infrastructure with cloud storage


This white paper describes Gladinet Cloud Enterprise with Active Directory integration. The solution can be used by businesses to privately deploy and host Gladinet Cloud solutions, providing an access layer (browser, mobile, desktop and file server access) around private cloud storage service and local file server storage, and retaining full control of data and the related access infrastructure.

Problem Statement

Many businesses have standardized on Active Directory for network administration and security. Active Directory is used to authenticate and authorize users for secure network resource access inside the business IT infrastructure.

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise brings private online access solutions to existing network file resources such as file server storage, NAS storage or SAN storage. Gladinet Cloud Enterprise also brings private online access solution to private cloud storage solutions such as Nirvanix, EMC Atmos or OpenStack Swift.

It makes perfect sense for Gladinet Cloud Enterprise to tightly integrate with Active Directory so the private online access solution can be seamlessly merged with the existing IT infrastructure.

Previous Options

Many current online storage solutions provide their own user management solution. Typically you will need to type in a user first name, last name and email address; generate a password before the user can use the online storage solution. In this scenario, when the user accesses existing IT infrastructure, they are using their Active Directory identities. And when they are using an outside online storage solution, they are using another set of user identities.

Gladinet Solution

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise provides a solution for the problem above through native integration with Active Directory. Users only need to use and remember their own Active Directory user identities.

Benefit 1 - Support Active Directory Users

There is no additional setup to add active directory users to the solution. Active Directory users can simply log in to the private online storage solution, the on-premise Gladinet Cloud.

Benefit 2 - Share Folders with Active Directory Group

You can publish Gladinet Cloud team folders to an Active Directory User Group.


Gladinet Cloud Enterprise should be installed on a Windows 2008 server w/ Service Pack 2, or a Windows 2012 server as shown in the following configuration. You can connect Active Directory to the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise instance as the user manager.


Gladinet Cloud Enterprise leverages the local connectivity to Active Directory and tightly integrates with Active Directory to provide a seamlessly integrated file sync and share solution with the existing IT infrastructure.

The end result is a solution that Enterprises can easily deploy for their own private cloud storage service, with native Active Directory integration.

For more information, please contact Gladinet Support @ enterprise@gladinet.com or visit http://www.gladinet.com

See Also

Installable Enterprise Sync & Share Solution

Additional questions?  Contact Gladinet Support at support@gladinet.com.