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Outbound agent – firewall-friendly way to connect LDAP to the Cloud

It has just become a lot easier to connect your corporate directory to web applications. WSO2 Identity Cloud’s agent now itself initiates its connection to the cloud and thus does not conflict with firewalls or require a DMZ placement.

WSO2 Identity Cloud is a simple way to enable single sign-on (SSO) from your LDAP to your and 3rd-party web applications, and also to give end-users a nice application catalog portal to locate and access their apps. When we originally launched the offering, the cloud service was initiating all connections to the LDAP agent, and thus you had to get the agent installed on a server visible on the internet. With today’s update, you no longer have to do that.

Now, you can install the agent on any server that can get to the internet itself. You can even take your own laptop with OpenLDAP running on it, and use that to evaluate our service.

All you have to do is:

  1. Go to WSO2 Identity Cloud,
  2. Sign in,
  3. Click the Connect your user store button,
  4. Click Connect my LDAP to Cloud to download the agent:

5. Follow the instructions on the agent download page to download the agent and configure it to connect to your LDAP and your cloud account:

6. Once the cloud starts seeing the agent, your users can start using their LDAP credentials to access the applications you hooked up to the cloud:

See detailed documentation here: Configuring an On-premise User Store

Identity Cloud Launched

I am happy to announce that we have launched the free beta of WSO2 Identity Cloud.

WSO2 Identity Cloud is based on the open-source WSO2 Identity Server product. It helps companies set up single sign-on (SSO) from their local enterprise directories to web applications.

You also get a brandable application catalog page for easy application discovery.

As result:

  • You improve your corporate security:
    • Users no longer access web apps when their enterprise credentials are disabled.
    • You can see who accesses which applications.
    • Your password security is enforced across all applications.
  • You make your employees more productive:
    • They no longer have to maintain multiple passwords,
    • They can find the applications available to them.
  • You can reduce costs:
    • Reports let you see which applications are actually in use by whom.

Here’s how you can get started:

1. Log into Identity Cloud,

2. Download the agent to connect the cloud to your local user store,

3. Add applications to the catalog (with predefined templates, uploaded definition files, or manual settings):

That’s it! Your users can access the applications directly or via a nice application catalog page:

See more information in Identity Cloud documentation and let us know what you think!

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