Active Directory®as a Service & macOS Authentication

Active Directory as a Service & macOS authentication

There are two issues that many IT organizations are trying to solve when it comes to identity management. One is that they would like to move all of their IT infrastructure to the cloud – the identity provider included – and they would like to be able to have one central source of authentication for all of their disparate platforms. To that end, a common question that we hear is if there is an Active Directory as a Service that supports macOS authentication?

Why Active Directory as a Service is Needed

Active Directory as a Service is needed

There are two parts to that question and we’ll investigate both. The first relates to whether there exists an Active Directory-as-a-Service – or, said another way, a cloud identity provider that can act as an alternative to AD. As many IT admins know, virtually all IT organizations once leveraged the legacy Microsoft® solution Active Directory®. For almost two decades, AD has been the monopoly directory services solution in the identity and access management space. This has been due to the fact that most IT networks historically were based on Microsoft Windows and were also on-prem.

An Active Directory as a Service can centralize identities

With the shift to the cloud, a great deal is changing. Many IT resources such as data centers, applications, IT management software, and storage systems among others are moving to the cloud. IT admins are on the search for how to eliminate every piece of on-prem hardware and software. One area of challenge has been the core Active Directory system. Unfortunately, there isn’t an Active Directory as a Service solution. From this Spiceworks post, it is clear Azure AD is not a replica of AD in the cloud, and it isn’t delivered as a managed service either. Hosted AD solutions are just that – hosted, and still require IT admins to run and manage the infrastructure which just ends up defeating the purpose of the concept of Active Directory as a Service.

Active Directory and macOS Authentication

Active Directory as a Service fails in the cloud

Similar to the first issue, macOS authentication is a challenge with any AD system. IT admins know that Active Directory doesn’t play well with Mac (Read more...)

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Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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