The new era of IT is an interesting one when it comes to device management. We no longer see as many IT environments that are solely Microsoft Windows-based. Mac and Linux devices have become much more prevalent. While this has been a boon for user productivity, these cross platform environments make device management more difficult for sysadmins. In response, a new generation of outsourced device management is emerging, and it is changing the game for IT admins.
Why are Mac and Linux Challenges to Manage?
There’s a reason that many admins have tried, without much success as of late, to keep Mac and Linux machines out of the office. It’s because of the complexity those machines add to their current setups. This isn’t due to the machines being hard to manage though. It’s due to Microsoft’s push against them.
Historically, the IT network has been largely Windows based. During this time, Microsoft made it easy to manage their OS and application stack by introducing tools like Active Directory® and SMS (now called SCCM). These tools enabled admins to easily manage Windows users and devices, and became quite popular with enterprises. Active Directory would go on to be the most popular directory service for user management, and its Group Policy Objects (GPOs) enabled IT admins to seamlessly manage their Windows device fleet. This all worked fine for a while, but as more non-Microsoft systems and applications entered the market, so too did complexity.
Needing A New Device Management Solution
With this increased complexity, the challenge for IT admins to keep device management in check grew. Mac and Linux devices infiltrated the infrastructure, and soon became more popular than Windows devices for many different subsets of users.
IT admins were left with IT management tools such as Active Directory and SCCM, but a network that consisted of Mac, Linux, and Windows on the systems side. Of course, because AD was designed to manage Windows machines only, it wasn’t able to solve this problem for admins alone. There were some third party options, but that increased security risks and increased complexity (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Jon Griffin. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/outsourced-device-management/