Active Directory® as a Service & Mac Device Management

Active Directory® as a Service & Mac Device Management

The IT landscape has changed a lot since the turn of the century. It used to be that just about everyone had a Microsoft® Windows-based PC for work. They used Windows-based applications and resources like Office and Exchange. Everything was on-prem and IT could manage it all with Microsoft Active Directory (AD).

Fast forward to today and things look a lot different for most organizations. Macs are now more popular than ever. Windows devices now only represent one in five devices (Forbes). IT still leverages AD, but they want it delivered as a service from the cloud as with most of their IT infrastructure. That’s why one question on the minds of a lot of IT admins is whether or not Active Directory® as a Service and Mac device management are possible with one solution from the cloud.

It’s a logical question with the changing dynamic of IT infrastructure around the world. The good news is that it is certainly possible to have an AD as a service solution that supports Mac device management, but before we explain how, let’s step back and see why IT organizations want this capability in the first place.

Active Directory as a Platform

Active Directory® as a Service platform

Most IT professionals already know that Windows has been the most dominant operating system for decades. Windows was even considered to be a monopoly in the business community for many years. This, of course, led to Microsoft introducing a number of tools to help manage Windows-based networks.

The IT management tools that became staples in virtually all organizations included Microsoft Active Directory (AD), and SCCM (previously SMS) for system management. These IT management tools that Microsoft offered naturally favored Windows users and devices, which fueled the adoption of Windows devices in the enterprise.

Active Directory underpinned the entirety of this infrastructure. As the core directory service, AD was the user and device management platform. IT organizations could tie everything in the network together with AD. Users could be managed across Windows systems, applications, and network access could be controlled through the domain controller as well. This system worked well because of (Read more...)

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Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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