Mac® systems such as laptops and desktops have become a common sight in the modern office. Yet, for many IT organizations, Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) has remained the core identity provider (IdP) or directory services platform.
Managing Mac systems with Active Directory presents a number of challenges for IT admins. Perhaps the most imposing is the fact that Microsoft never designed AD to support Mac systems on the same level as Windows® systems.
Consequently, IT admins generally require additional third-party tooling to connect Mac systems to Active Directory. The good news is that there are powerful cloud IAM tools available that feature an Active Directory Integration for Mac and more.
Mac Management with Active Directory
Mac management has always been an interesting challenge for IT admins. Mac systems are often outliers in an IT landscape that has historically been dominated by Windows.
While Apple® has built significant inroads into the enterprise system market with MacBooks and iMacs, it’s difficult to beat Microsoft at their own game. Essentially, the dominance of Windows reinforces the use of Microsoft management tools such as Active Directory. In turn, the power of the AD platform in Windows environments reinforces the use of Windows systems and applications.
This self-reinforcing cycle is actually quite brilliant. Unfortunately for modern IT organizations, the Microsoft system wasn’t built to support Mac management. The end result is that IT admins often require additional third-party tooling to connect Mac systems to Active Directory.
Directory Extensions for Mac
Initially, IT organizations leveraged add-on solutions such as Centrify® Express to extend Active Directory identities to Mac and Linux® systems. Connecting AD to Mac and Linux systems was essentially Centrify’s claim to fame in the early 2000s.
Today, Centrify Express is approaching end of life (EOL) and IT admins are searching for an alternative from the cloud. Fortunately, there are a few modern alternatives available.
However, IT admins are realizing that Mac management is only one of many identity management challenges with modern IT networks. They are also coming to realize (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/cloud-iam-ad-integration/