Managing Windows®, macOS®, and Linux® endpoints can be a challenge. Historically, IT networks have largely been homogenous Windows environments. Therefore, management of the infrastructure has been generally handled with Microsoft®-based tools.
But, as the IT landscape changes and shifts to the cloud, it becomes more difficult for IT admins to find viable solutions. It is even harder to find a free endpoint management system that can work for modern IT networks.
The good news is that a next generation cloud identity management platform is integrating endpoint management capabilities. And, the nice part is that, for under 10 users, the entire platform is free. Called Directory-as-a-Service®, this next generation user access and system management solution is reimagining the need for Microsoft Active Directory® and SCCM. But before we dive into Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS), let’s first examine the endpoint management scene with a wider lens.
Endpoint Management: A History
Stepping back, the IT landscape is vastly different from where it was only a couple decades ago. Traditionally, IT environments have been Windows-based. This means that, since the late 1990s, managing access to the system and controlling the device itself were both handled by Active Directory.
IT admins could provision, deprovision, and modify access and then, through the use of GPOs (Group Policy Objects), set security policies, install and update software, and connect users to drives and printers among thousands of other tasks. Microsoft Active Directory (AD) was a complete identity and access management tool for the time, but its abilities soon came into question in light of a changing IT market.
Struggles with Cross-OS Endpoint Management
As IT organizations have shifted away from strictly Windows-based networks, AD is challenged when faced with managing said non-Windows IT resources. Organizations using AD started incorporating add-on solutions to help bolster the legacy directory service’s identity management. Some of these add-ons included identity bridges for managing Mac® and Linux devices and web application single sign-on (SSO) solutions for SaaS apps in the cloud.
Ultimately, IT admins began noticing a disconnect in their endpoint management approaches (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Zach DeMeyer. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/free-endpoint-management/