Best Microsoft Active Directory Alternatives

    Microsoft Active Directory is described as 'Active Directory (AD) is a directory service that Microsoft developed for Windows domain networks and included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Microsoft Active Directory for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Self-Hosted solutions and BSD. The best alternative is Zentyal. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Samba or Univention Corporate Server. Other great apps like Microsoft Active Directory are FreeIPA (Free, Open Source), SambaBox (Paid), Azure Active Directory (Freemium) and OpenLDAP (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 25, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      It's an active directory replacement built on CentOS + Samaba4. Includes support for Directory, DNS, DCHP, and NTP type services.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      OpenDJ is a directory server which implements a wide range of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and related standards, including full compliance with LDAPv3 but also support for Directory Service Markup Language (DSMLv2).


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      ApacheDS™ is an extensible and embeddable directory server entirely written in Java, which has been certified LDAPv3 compatible by the Open Group. Besides LDAP it supports Kerberos 5 and the Change Password Protocol.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      linuxmuster.net is a comprehensive complete solution for the operation of school IT infrastructure. It is developed by teachers and service providers for the special requirements of schools. When developing our solution, we try to keep some .
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