Macs® have become a popular enterprise system alternative in recent years. Whether that be from BYOD policies, ease of use, or any other reason – the fact is that Macs are here to stay. The challenge is that IT admins have been sorely lacking effective enterprise Mac management tools. Fortunately, the JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® platform has emerged to change that. First, however, we should talk about the traditional challenges with Mac management.
Mac Management Challenges
To fully manage a fleet of Macs, IT admins need complete control for both Mac users and systems. The issue is that, as mentioned, traditional Mac management tools have been sorely lacking. Of course, there are a number of reasons why this is the case, but it really comes down to the fact that managing Mac users and systems have historically required separate solutions that are often adjunct to an on-prem identity management system.
For example, some players in the field have focused on Mac system management, but left the user management issue to be solved by another solution. Other solutions such as Apple Open Directory handle the user management piece, but leave the system management piece to be solved by another solution. Some Mac management solutions are even designed to complement Microsoft® management platforms like Active Directory® (AD).
As you can see, there are a number of issues to consider when thinking about Mac management. To add fuel to the fire, most organizations are also not completely Mac, but have Windows® and Linux® systems too. So, even if there was a standard Mac management solution, it would still only solve part of the problem for IT admins managing modern system environments.
Modern Mac Management Requirements
All of the issues previously noted are important for IT admins to consider. However, it is perhaps even more important to consider how the solution will fit into your overall environment now and into the future. (Read more...)