Mac® management has been a difficult topic for IT admins for many years now. It’s not for a lack of trying, though. With 3 in 4 employees choosing Macs over Windows machines, the growing need for a pain-free Mac management solution is clear.
Regardless, for years now admins have been stuck with IT management tools that have been largely slanted towards Microsoft® Windows®. Because of the necessity of Active Directory® (AD), the only previous solutions had to be tacked on to AD and added complexity and cost. But, now a pain-free Mac management solution called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is emerging, and it’s solving all of these issues for admins. Before we look at the future of pain-free Mac management though, we should look at how it got to this point.
The Challenge With Mac Management
It’s easy to understand why Macs have gone without proper management support for so long. There just haven’t been many solutions dedicated to Mac management, and those that are out there are aimed exclusively at Macs rather than being cross-platform. IT admins are loathe to implement a solution that only solves a portion of their problem. That just continues to add to the complexity of their infrastructure by having multiple solutions for multiple problems. Instead, they would rather implement a comprehensive solution that satisfies their entire network of platforms.
The other problem with Mac management is that there isn’t an approach that covers both user management and system management together. The analog to this approach is Microsoft Active Directory, which has done a fantastic job of cornering the market on Windows user and system management, but it has done little to nothing for the competing platforms. And, because they would prefer to lock-in organizations to Microsoft products, they have little desire to support Mac systems going forward either.
AD provided tremendous tools for admins in the past, assuming that your entire environment was Windows-based. It’s for that reason many IT admins are looking for a next-generation IT management tool that provides a lot of counterparts to Microsoft’s directory. (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/pain-free-mac-management/