At JumpCloud, we’re wishing a happy System Administrator Appreciation Day to all the hardworking sysadmins out there. Although it sometimes feels like a thankless job (and is the subject of “what people think I do” memes), we recognize that you fill critical roles for your organizations and users. We hope others celebrate you on SysAdmin Day, and we also have some ideas about how to treat yourself with JumpCloud®.
JumpCloud is an all-in-one access control and device management platform delivered entirely from the cloud. Here are five crucial time-savers and tools in JumpCloud that will make your life easier:
1. Offload Server Maintenance
Don’t worry about maintaining domain controllers — plus redundancy — or servicing them when things go awry. Instead, let your cloud directory service run in the background so you can focus on other core tasks.
You also don’t have to deploy on-premises RADIUS or LDAP servers to federate user identities to networks, LDAP applications, or file servers. Instead, you can launch pre-configured cloud RADIUS and LDAP instances and point your resources at them for user authentication.
2. Manage with Groups
Create user groups, such as by department or location, and automatically grant a set of access permissions to users in that group. For example, you can create a sales department group and bind sales-specific resources — like Salesforce — to it. That way, new users are automatically granted access to the IT resources they need when they’re added to that group.
You can also create system groups, such as by operating system, and apply GPO-like Policies and custom commands to systems in bulk. For example, you can add all the macOS® systems in your fleet to a macOS-specific group and manage FileVault for them all at once. With groups, you automate routine and otherwise time-consuming provisioning and configuration processes..
3. Use the JumpCloud PowerShell Module
JumpCloud’s PowerShell Module gives you a way to programmatically control your directory and become more efficient in tasks like user onboarding. For example, you can use PowerShell to import users from another source into JumpCloud in bulk or add new custom user attributes to existing users at scale. Other common tasks include resetting user passwords, unlocking or locking accounts, and triggering custom commands.
4. Monitor User Auth & Systems
With JumpCloud’s Directory Insights™, you have a 360-degree view of directory events and user authentications. Filter those events by service (i.e., LDAP) or type (i.e., login attempt) and customize the data that’s returned directly to you in the Admin Portal UI. With this data, you can monitor activity, scan for anomalies, and respond to incidents if needed.
With System Insights™, you have asset, security, and configuration data for your fleet of machines — macOS, Windows, and Linux. This data includes hardware, software, and network configurations. Combined, these features give you deep visibility into user access, activity, and systems.
5. Sleep Easy with MFA Enabled
From the Admin Portal, require multi-factor authentication (MFA) on user workstations — macOS, Windows and Linux — as well as other high-value access points such as servers, online portals, and VPNs. These factors include TOTP, Duo, and Yubikey.
MFA serves as an important security layer for your organization’s systems and data, and JumpCloud gives you the ability to implement it across access points from your core directory.
If you’re interested in learning more about how JumpCloud can help you streamline processes and increase security, particularly in a remote-work environment, read our comprehensive Admin Guide to Working From Home with JumpCloud. And thank you for all that you do!