Managing Linux users has been an interesting topic in the identity management world. Early on, Linux machines weren’t that popular, so the management of the associated users was handled manually. But now, as Linux becomes more commonplace, controlling access to Linux systems is an important aspect for most IT admins to have covered. Fortunately, a new generation of Linux user management has arrived – and it simplifies the task for IT by coming in the ‘as a service’ form.
How to Manage Linux Users
Linux systems have become much more popular than they used to be, but they are typically used by engineers – not standard end users. While some Linux systems are used in the office, most are Linux servers in the data center or at Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers such as AWS. You can also find developers and DevOps personnel leveraging Linux machines. Managing who has access to which Linux servers and machines can be a challenge for admins, especially if it must be done manually. Thankfully, there are some innovative new services to support Linux user management.
Managing Linux Systems
Let’s start with how to handle Linux laptops and desktops. If there is an existing identity provider in place, such as Microsoft Active Directory®, user management of those systems can be quite painful. This is because AD wasn’t built to support Linux natively. While connecting AD and Linux is possible (with configuration on both ends), the whole process isn’t nearly as smooth as it is with Windows machines.
A new vanguard of tools and services is making the connection between Active Directory and Linux systems much easier. Through a cloud identity bridge, or directory extension solution, IT admins can deeply manage users on Linux machines, all while continuing to leverage Active Directory credentials for the users. This means admins can add, delete, and modify user access on a wide variety of Linux platforms, with AD still maintaining control over the identity.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/linux-user-management-service/