Logging into a Mac System with a G Suite Password

Written by Zach DeMeyer on June 21, 2020

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Is it possible to log into a Mac® system with a G Suite™ password? Many IT administrators want to streamline authentication across multiple platforms, and integrating Mac machines and G Suite identities presents one such opportunity.

Using a G Suite Password for Systems

Productivity suites like G Suite serve a critical role in an organization, providing email, document editing, collaboration, and file storage capabilities among many others. As such, many admins need to manage G Suite identities and access as a regular part of their environments.

Because G Suite is browser-based, a user’s system is their gateway for accessing the productivity suite through the internet. Because of the system’s status as a gateway to G Suite, syncing its password with the user’s G Suite password would significantly streamline that user’s experience, as well as that of the administrator. 

With one password to remember for multiple resources, end users can choose more complex and secure passwords while still being able to remember them easily. From an admin perspective, only having to manage one password for each user’s access to systems and G Suite creates less work and help desk tickets in the long run.

Problems with Integrating G Suite with Mac

Despite the fact that Windows® systems still dominate market share, Macs have steadily grown in popularity since their inception. As such, many administrators now must find ways to manage Macs to the same extent they traditionally managed Windows machines.

Given the System-as-a-Gateway concept above, one might naturally land on G Suite as a potential Mac management tool. Unfortunately, G Suite doesn’t feature a native system management tool that provides the requisite level of synchronization with Mac systems. 

In order to sync G Suite and Mac passwords, organizations need to integrate both sets of identities into their core identity provider (IdP). For many organizations, this role is filled by Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD). The rub here is that, due to competitive differences, G Suite and Mac identities prove difficult to integrate natively with AD without the purchase of additional tooling and often the installation of additional servers.

Looking at the Big Picture

At this point, IT admins need to take a step back and reassess. With IT budgets on the chopping block as organizations deal with the global recession, admins must find ways to save money while making work happen as usual. Identity and access management (IAM) presents a source of optimization.

Although environments built around integrating multiple best-of-breed tools with AD provide a wide range of functionality, they ultimately rack up costs with each solution added. Beyond that, each point solution increases the amount of time IT admins spend setting all platforms, working with vendors to implement and integrate them, and then train technicians and users to operate them properly.

Centralizing IAM in the Cloud

By adopting an all-in-one IAM platform, organizations gain the benefit of centralizing their identities under a single password while also consolidating their IAM tooling stack and saving money. One such all-in-one solution is the cloud directory service. A cloud directory service, like JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® centralizes the identities users need for virtually all resources into one set of credentials.

Specifically, the cloud directory service integrates with your pre-existing G Suite directories, syncing their user bases, passwords, and any following updates to them. The cloud directory service also provides Mac, Windows, and Linux® management, extending the same password synced from G Suite to these systems. All of this is achieved from a single, cloud-based console. 

Using a cloud directory service, IT admins can then enable system-based password management, enabling end users to change their Mac and G Suite password from their computer to avoid phishing attacks. That password is the same one the user needs for all of their other applications and bound resources, which can rapidly be changed across the board if it’s suspected of being compromised.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about how logging into a Mac system with a G Suite password is accomplished through a cloud directory service, try JumpCloud, which is free for up to ten users and systems forever.

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a Product Marketing Specialist at JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, music, and soccer.

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