How do you auth Mac® systems with Azure®AD? The short answer is that you don’t really. Thankfully, there is a next-generation cloud identity provider that is making it easy to use one set of credentials for both Azure® AD and your Mac®. If that sounds like something you want to do, keep reading to find out how.
Azure AD: Made by and for Microsoft
Azure Active Directory was created as a complement to the on-prem Microsoft® Active Directory® platform. As Microsoft built their cloud infrastructure service, Azure, a core part of the platform was a user management system to manage identities and access their library of cloud services like Office 365™. Of course, Microsoft wanted to integrate this with their on-prem identity provider, Active Directory, to make it easier on their customers.
So, while their goal was to make it easier to manage identities for Microsoft-centric products, they weren’t focused on extending that ability to non-Windows® IT resources. Why would they want customers to leverage non-Microsoft solutions, after all?
Rather, Microsoft would shift many of their on-prem customers to cloud solutions such as Office 365™ and Azure, and their cloud identity management solution was created to help them accomplish that mission. But, for IT organizations that are running mixed-platform environments with macOS® and Linux systems®, AWS® cloud servers, DevOps applications (LDAP authentication) and web applications, non-Windows file servers, and more, the all-Microsoft identity and access management approach became limiting.
Trouble with Mac Auth and Azure AD
As it pertains to Macs, not only have IT organizations struggled with Active Directory, but they are now struggling with Azure AD as well. Managing Mac user accounts, authentication, and the systems themselves has traditionally been challenging with Active Directory and is even harder with Azure Active Directory because it isn’t a full-fledged directory service, but rather a user management platform for Azure. What IT organizations really need is an open directory service that connects to a wider range of IT resources.
The result is that for organizations that have mixed-platform (Read more...)