As the world shifts to cross-platform system environments with macOS® and Linux® systems in addition to Windows® machines, a pressing challenge for IT admins is how to manage this heterogeneous system environment. Looking at the problem through a traditional lens, making all of these different types of devices work in harmony would require an expensive set of solutions. Looked at non-traditionally, many IT admins are looking to break the paradigm and explore a free system management solution to fulfill their endpoint management needs.
A Brief History of System Management
Historically, system management was generally much easier. Most of the infrastructure organization’s utilized was Windows-based and on-prem, so Microsoft® solutions such as Active Directory® (AD) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) were very useful solutions. IT admins could use these tools to manage user access and the system itself by setting security policies (GPOs), configuring, installing and updating software, and connecting users to their printers and shared drives. While that functionality continues to be there for Windows systems, we know that Windows systems no longer maintain the dominance they once enjoyed. The introduction of non-Microsoft endpoints has greatly impacted the usefulness of tools like AD and SCCM in the greater computing environment.
With more macOS and Linux machines entering IT environments the world over, the traditional tools that were so good at managing Windows users and devices struggled mightily to manage these assets. After all, Microsoft did not create Active Directory or SCCM to manage non-Windows systems. It was, of course, in Microsoft’s best interest to create a virtuous cycle in which Windows machines were managed by Windows-based tools. So, IT admins had to look elsewhere to manage non-Windows systems.
Of course, IT pros could purchase purpose-built Apple® and Linux solutions. But, the challenges that surround this gathering of solutions can be more trouble than they are worth. With three solutions in house, you also need a full team to manage all of them. You’d then be incurring the costs of purchasing and maintaining your cadre of solutions. And, if you were seeking (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Ryan Squires. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/free-system-management/