Few things have a greater effect on an IT admin’s workflow than the introduction of a new macOS® version. With completely new requirements for authentication, zero-day vulnerabilities, and last minute updates, a new macOS, like the upcoming macOS Catalina™ for instance, keeps IT admins on their toes. As such, many IT admins are concerned about what macOS Catalina Active Directory® integration is going to look like.
The concern makes sense. Many IT organizations are reliant on the legacy, on-prem directory service, Microsoft® Active Directory, to manage their user identities and subsequent resource access. And, given Apple® and Microsoft’s history of not playing nicely together, this concern gains a lot more credence.
Mac Management Through the Years
Historically, integrating Macs® into Active Directory (AD) has been difficult to say the least. As fierce competitors in the system space, the concept of cross-platform functionality has been far beyond either Apple or Microsoft’s business plans. In fact, after Windows® systems began to dominate the scene with AD on top managing them all, Apple released their Open Directory to serve the same purpose as the directory service giant for Mac systems.
Of course, Mac systems haven’t been the only affront to Microsoft’s perfect Windows-only, on-prem world of the 1990-2000s. Now, non-Windows and cloud-based resources are the go-to for many organizations, large and small. Unfortunately for IT admins, Active Directory has struggled to keep up with all of these resources, making managing them with AD a burden.
Some tools have entered the market to help alleviate this burden. For web applications, solutions like single sign-on (SSO) tools are available to federate AD identities to cloud resources. For Mac and Linux® devices, there are a few on-prem identity bridges that IT admins can use. Other resources have their own associated AD add-on tools. These, unfortunately, can rack up costs and overhead for IT admins, making them less appealing than an-all-in-one option like AD used to be.
macOS Catalina Active Directory Integration
With the release of Catalina, integrating Macs into AD may be a bit easier than it has been (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/macos-catalina-ad-integration/