JumpCloud has been making waves in the identity and access management (IAM) space since the introduction of Directory-as-a-Service® (DaaS) – the first fully-fledged directory service delivered from the cloud. DaaS is an incredibly powerful platform with the capability to manage the entirety of an organization’s complex, modern infrastructure with minimal effort.
The foundation of Directory-as-a-Service comes down to two core components: user management and system management. JumpCloud’s system management capabilities are some of the most widely used functionalities of DaaS, which is what we will discuss in this blog post, but keep in mind that JumpCloud does much more than system management. Authenticating access to on-prem or web applications, wired or WiFi networks, cloud or on-prem file servers (Samba file servers and NAS devices), and more are all within the purview of JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service.
Managing Systems in the Past
Historically, most organizations leveraged Microsoft Active Directory® (AD) for their core directory services. Back when it was first released in 1999, AD offered the user management capabilities that IT admins wanted, but went further to provide the device management capabilities for Windows systems as well. Since the office was dominated by PCs at the time, the fact that AD wasn’t highly compatible with Mac or Linux systems wasn’t especially problematic.
The bulk of AD’s system management capabilities came in the form of Group Policy Objects (GPOs) – a Microsoft term for various commands and scripts that enforce policies on systems to govern behavior and configure settings. The concept of GPOs was revolutionary at the time, and has remained one of the primary reasons why so many organizations have maintained AD through the years. However, AD comes up short with GPOs for Mac and Linux.
There are a number of reasons why this is the case. The most prevalent is the simple fact that macOS and Linux are competing operating systems running against Windows. Microsoft has attempted to box their OS competitors out of the enterprise – but it’s not working. Mac and Linux systems have become more popular in the modern office. So finding the best approach to managing those systems (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/managing-systems-jumpcloud/