Google Cloud and Single Sign-On for Modern IT

by Koosha Araghi on June 22, 2018

In this webinar on June 14th, we explored 3 key SSO and user management solutions from Google, Okta, and UpCurve Cloud.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Below is the video recording, slide deck, and Q&A.

If you have questions about G Suite or want to learn more about how UpCurve Cloud can help your organization, feel free to contact us.

Agenda

  • Changing Working Environment
  • New Problems for IT
  • Active Directory and SSO
  • The new SSO
    • Different SSO options
  • Q & A

Slide Deck


Questions & Answers

  1. Q: What is the pricing difference between the three tiers?
    A: We provide three different tiers that are all SaaS-based off a per user/month or per annual type applications. They are all relatively similar in price as they are all based on a per user price. They’re all between $3 to $8 per user per month, depending on what you want to be part of the solution.
     
  2. Q: What does the Installation process look like and is G Suite required?
    A: G Suite is not required, although it’s recommended.
    The installation process is simple. Since it’s all browser-based, first you need to set up the admin and then have the admin push out the credentials to the users, and it’s active. It’s all backend based; end users are not affected regarding their daily workflow. How they access applications might change but other than that, end users will not be affected by any big changes coming.
     
  3. Q: What version of Active Directory is the GCDS tool compatible with?
    A: Google Cloud Directory Sync is compatible with all versions released in the last decade, although it’s not so much about the version of the Active Directory, as it’s the language that it uses, which is LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol). The version of Active Directory can be just about anything that has been updated in the last ten years; as long as the tool can speak LDAP, GCDS will be able to talk to it and sync data from it.
     
  4. Q: Where does the Google Cloud Tool need to be installed on Active Directory?
    A: The Google Cloud Tool can be installed on any machine in your local area network - we recommend a machine that is Windows 7 or above - as long as it has access to the Active Directory server, either by DNS name or IP. The only restriction is that it should not be installed on a domain controller or an Exchange server, but otherwise, it can be installed anywhere. Should you need to move it around at a later date, just copy the config files, and you can move those to different machines in your network.
    It also does not need to be run on a dedicated machine, that machine can do other things. It’s a very lightweight tool, it doesn’t generate a lot of traffic and it’s very flexible in where you can install it.
     
  5. Q: What are the licensing costs for the Directory Sync?
    A: There is no licensing cost for this utility. The only cost associated would be if you wanted to add any of the SSO features or identity management features. The Directory Sync tool itself is not a license cost.
     
  6. Q: Do we need to procure for a server?
    A: You don’t need to install it on a separate machine. It can run alongside any of the other machines that you have since it’s a lightweight tool. The only requirement is that it’s not installed on a domain controller and it’s in your local area network with access to Active Directory.

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Koosha Araghi
VP of Marketing at UpCurve Cloud
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