By Greg Keller Posted July 28, 2016
Device management is a key function of directory services platforms. OpenLDAP™ and other legacy directory services solutions didn’t have this capability. Microsoft® Active Directory® introduced this innovation to the market.
Here’s the problem: they only did it for Microsoft Windows® workstations.
Today’s organizations aren’t strictly Windows. Apple® products are in use at 97% of Fortune 500 companies (CIO, 2015). IT admins are looking to manage more devices than ever before. The modern Directory-as-a-Service® platform features device management capabilities for Windows, Mac®, and Linux® devices.
Securing Devices In Mixed Networks
As organizations have shifted from homogeneous Windows networks to mixed platform landscapes, the challenge to manage those environments has grown. IT admins need to manage more issues than ever before because these platforms are conduits to the network, systems, and applications. Ensuring the security of these devices is an important part of IT management.
Another critical item is the ability to drive Policies throughout your device infrastructure. While these policies could be as simple as enforcing the screen saver lock on each machine, they could also be as complex as running tasks on your Linux servers.
Changing The Channel Through Remote Access
Remote device management required expensive on-prem solutions. Active Directory was a part of that group, but only for the Windows platform. If organizations had multiple operating systems, then heavy on-prem software would be required. Those solutions often required professional services to implement and a great deal of time from the IT group. You see, configuration and setting of policies were often time-consuming tasks. Increasingly, organizations made the move to the cloud with Infrastructure-as-a-Service and remote workers. As a result, legacy device management solutions started to struggle.
Conduit Of Change: Directory-as-a-Service Feature Device Management
The Directory-as-a-Service solution from JumpCloud® features device management for Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. IT admins can execute tasks via the command execution functionality in any language that the device supports. IT admins simply upload a script and JumpCloud’s cloud-based directory service infrastructure securely executes the script on every device desired. IT can execute the task on the device on a set schedule or ad hoc. After the tasks have been executed, a full record of the success of the task is provided, including whether there were errors, and any other pertinent information.
Try JumpCloud’s Command Execution Functionality
IT admins can leverage the JumpCloud command execution functionality to accomplish nearly any device management task. The automation is a significant step toward controlling IT environments, including securing devices, automating maintenance tasks such as patching, and installing software.
If you would like to learn more about JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service feature device management, drop us a note. Better yet, feel free to try the functionality for yourself. More information on how to execute tasks on your devices is available on our Knowledge Base.