Cloud Directory feature macOS® Device Management

Written by Vince Lujan on May 17, 2018

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A cloud directory that features macOS® device management would certainly be helpful in the modern enterprise. While many IT organizations have Macs®, they often don’t have great management tools for Macs. As a result, Mac systems have generally been managed independently.

By comparison, the Windows® system management capabilities native to the Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD) platform are far more comprehensive. In fact, AD has enabled IT admins to manage fleets of Windows based systems from one central management platform. The trouble is it only works for Windows, natively.

Fortunately, cross platform (e.g., macOS, Linux®, Windows) system management is a core function of the JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® platform. First, though, we should discuss traditional macOS device management in order to understand the advantages of the JumpCloud approach.

Intro to macOS Device Management

Why the Cloud Directory feature macOS Device Management is needed

macOS systems have historically been outliers within IT networks. It used to be that end users had to convince IT to even consider them for the office. Even if users could convince IT admins, organizations often didn’t have the tools to control users as well as the macOS systems themselves.

This is primarily due to the fact that Active Directory has been the default directory service platform for nearly twenty years. Solutions such as AD had this wonderful concept of Windows system management through GPOs (Group Policy Objects), but they left Mac and Linux systems out of the equation.

Microsoft wasn’t interested in helping competitors gain market share at the expense of their flagship solution, Windows. As a result, the relationship between Active Directory and macOS devices has been on the rocks ever since.

Challenges of macOS Device Management

cross-platform device management

The challenge for IT admins became that Macs started to appear on their network in large numbers. Many end users started either purchasing them and bringing them in, under BYOD policies, or they were requesting them from IT. As more senior managers started to use Macs, it was difficult for IT to say no. The result was a massive influx of Macs, which ultimately became unmanaged.

As the Mac fleets increased, IT admins started to look around for solutions to manage Mac users and systems. Fortunately, that’s when a next generation cloud directory started to emerge that was viewed as a comprehensive Mac user and system management alternative. Similar to Windows GPOs, this cloud directory created the concept of executing tasks, commands, scripts, and policies. The difference was they worked across Mac, Linux, and Windows systems, and they could be deployed from the cloud. This fine grained control over Macs was the component that was missing for IT admins. It comes standard with JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service.

macOS Device Management with JumpCloud

complete mac user management

macOS device management is a core function of the JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service platform. In fact, the JumpCloud platform provides cross-platform support for all three major operating systems (e.g., macOS, Linux, Windows). In doing so, IT admins can choose the best IT resources for the business, rather than being locked into the Microsoft on-prem ecosystem.

The JumpCloud platform has taken a holistic approach to IT management at large by securely managing and connecting users to their systems, applications, files, and networks. Add to that, the fact that JumpCloud is just as effective regardless of platform, provider, protocol, and location, and it is easy to see how JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service can benefit cloud-forward IT organizations. With the JumpCloud platform, IT admins can relax and enjoy a comprehensive Directory-as-a-Service solution and only pay for what they use.

Learn More About JumpCloud’s Cloud Directory Feature macOS Device Management 

Sign up for a JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service account or schedule a demo today to see our cloud directory feature macOS device management solution in action. You can also contact the JumpCloud team for more information. We are more than happy to discuss our favorite topic: cloud-based directory services, and how they can benefit your organization.

Vince Lujan

Vince is a writer and video specialist at JumpCloud. Originally from the horse capital of New Mexico, Corrales, he has lived in Boulder, Colorado for three years. When Vince is not developing content for JumpCloud, he can usually be found at the Boulder Creek.

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