What is Mac® System Management?

what is mac system management

Managing modern system environments has never been more complicated. With so many Mac® (and Linux®) systems now being used in organizations, IT must figure out how to gain control over these devices and their users in addition to their Windows® endpoints. Yet, what is Mac system management? What does it mean for modern IT organizations? And, perhaps more importantly, how can the JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® platform help? We invite you to keep reading for answers to these questions.

Traditional Mac System Management

mac desktopHistorically, IT admins didn’t need to worry about Mac system management. This was because, for many years, organizations were largely based on Microsoft® Windows®. In fact, Microsoft made it easy to manage Windows user access and the systems themselves with their management solutions: Active Directory® (AD) and SCCM (formerly, SMS). As a result, admins often discouraged the use of non-Windows platforms because they were more difficult (if not impossible) to manage with traditional Microsoft tools alone.

However, as the IT landscape started to change in the mid-2000’s, with the resurgence of Apple® and their macOS® platform, for example, the focus shifted from discouraging Mac usage to how to manage Macs effectively. Initially, with so few Macs, they were largely left unmanaged. Although this approach was effective at first, IT discovered it was far from ideal because the user population’s preference for Macs and other modern IT resources skyrocketed. Consequently, IT organizations needed a way to bring Macs into the fold, but this has proven to be easier said than done.

Traditional Challenges with Mac System Management at Scale

complete mac user managementIT found it was difficult to integrate Macs with Active Directory, especially from a system management perspective. For example, AD had an interesting concept for device management called Group Policy Objects (GPOs), which helped IT admins centrally control their fleet of Windows machines. Unfortunately, that concept of GPOs didn’t extend to Mac systems. It still doesn’t. In fact, most of the native functionality of AD doesn’t extend to non-Windows IT resources. As a result, IT admins (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/what-is-mac-system-management/

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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