System Management Tool

System Management Tool

Mac or PC? It’s a common question for new hires at many corporations. For the IT admins at those companies, however, it can be a source of consternation. It used to be that Microsoft® Windows® dominated the network, but today, Mac® and Linux® are becoming quite popular. Additionally, networks have become much more complex with cloud infrastructure and remote users. All of these challenges are putting pressure on IT admins to find the right system management tool to manage the infrastructure.

Early System Management Tools

In the early days of IT, managing users’ devices was fairly simple. Microsoft® Windows® dominated the platform game, and system management tools like Active Directory® and SCCM® (formerly SMS) were logical choices because networks were virtually all Windows-based. IT admins could manage users with AD while also executing policies via GPOs to manage the Windows fleet. Issues such as password complexity, rotation, security settings, mapping drives and printers, and a wide variety of other things were managed through the system management functionality within Active Directory and SCCM.

This approach worked well for IT admins for quite a few years. The IT scene began to shift, however, and challenges started to arise when end users started to want Mac systems and the shift to cloud infrastructure introduced more Linux systems than ever. Each of these platforms was challenging for Active Directory to manage and control. Often, Macs would go unmanaged, while a fleet of Linux systems might be managed by the ops group via scripts or configuration management tools. Both of these approaches left a great deal to be desired and introduced more security risk.

The Need for Something New

Over time, IT organizations realized that this shift to a mixed platform environment was permanent. They needed to figure out a different system management tool set that would work more effectively than Active Directory and SCCM. At the same time, while heterogeneity was useful, so was the concept of having the IT management infrastructure driven from the cloud. No longer was an organization’s network just contained on-prem. AWS (Read more...)

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