End of Life for macOS Open Directory?

macOS Open DirectoryAre Apple’s recent announcements around macOS server indicating the end of life for macOS Open Directory? Unfortunately, it isn’t clear what Apple’s intentions are with Open Directory. However, it does appear that Apple is stepping away from macOS Server as it has quietly deprecated various components over the last few years.

With all of the uncertainty around Open Directory, IT admins are looking for more stable alternatives for Mac user management. Let’s take a look at the important role Open Directory has played, and what IT admins are looking for in an Open Directory alternative.

Open Directory and Mac User Management

Open Directory has actually been a strong alternative itself to Microsoft® Active Directory® and OpenLDAP because it was created as a result of Apple wanting to create a more Mac-centric directory service. As a result, Open Directory has been used by IT admins with predominantly Mac platforms for many years. While nowhere near as successful as Active Directory, Open Directory has played an important and critical role in Mac user management.

However, as IT admins start to think about the future of identity management in their organizations, it is likely that Open Directory isn’t a part of that IAM strategy. Regardless of whether or not it is the end of life for macOS Open Directory, the solution is on its way out for many companies. Why is this?

Mac User Management Alone isn’t Adequate

cloud IAMWell, part of the reason could be that many cloud forward organizations are now turning to a more modern approach to directory services. IT organizations realize that their landscape has changed, and there are many examples of this. On-prem Windows systems and users are no longer the norm. Cloud infrastructure from AWS has risen in popularity, and in many companies Google Cloud Platform is replacing on-prem data centers and Windows servers. Web applications are being used by all departments within many organizations. WiFi is the common choice for internet access now, and file storage often finds itself either on-prem with Samba file servers or NAS appliance, or in the cloud with (Read more...)

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Natalie Bluhm

Natalie is a writer for JumpCloud, an Identity and Access Management solution designed for the cloud era. Natalie graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing, and she loves learning about cloud infrastructure, identity security, and IT protocols.

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