JumpCloud’s Top 10 Blogs of 2019

By Kayla Coco-Stotts Posted January 6, 2020

As we greet this new decade with fresh goals and holiday leftovers, let’s reflect on the blogs that readers found the most value in. Here are JumpCloud’s top 10 posts that readers turned to again and again. 

  1. What are SSH Keys?
    • Dive deep into the world of SSH keys and how they originated. Included here are videos and explanations on how to best manage/use SSH keys, as well as information on how to integrate them with cloud identity and access management (IAM).  
  2. Best Practices for Integrating Macs with Active Directory
    • This blog seeks to answer a question posed by many since the widespread adoption of the macOS® operating system into organizations worldwide. Readers can find options for integrating Mac® systems with Microsoft® Active Directory® (AD), and the potential hurdles they may have to overcome along the way.
  3. What is User Management?
    • Such a complex question deserves a thorough answer. In this November blog, we traced the history of user management, all the way back to the initial development of identity and access management in digital frameworks. 
  4. Differences Between Active Directory and Azure AD
    • With the introduction of Microsoft’s cloud-based platform to their software lineup came plenty of questions from the IT community. This post follows the challenges that AD presents in a cloud-centric world, and explores whether Azure® Active Directory (AAD or Azure AD) is a fitting replacement for the legacy directory service.  
  5. The Difference Between LDAP and SAML SSO
    • Take a look at the history and nuance of these two widely used authentication protocols. The blog is thorough in its delivery — covering everything about LDAP and SAML SSO that an admin may need to know, including cost, common use cases, and complexity of implementation. 
  6. What is a Domain Controller?
    • From the term “domain” to the idea of resource management, this blog covers the timeline of the domain controller. Take a look at how the domain controller authenticates users to their resources, and the problems that arose in response to the eventual introduction of cloud-based user management. 
  7. Can You Migrate On-Prem Domain Controllers to the Cloud?
    • As more organizations consider moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud, it’s common to question if the AD domain controller can be migrated as well. Here, we break down the logistics of transforming a legacy, on-prem server into a domainless one, as well as provide information for admins looking to introduce the concept of secure user management without on-prem hardware.
  8. Intune vs. SCCM
    • The idea of making AD work for modern resources by layering multiple add-ons can be confusing for both admins and managed service providers (MSPs) alike. This content breaks down Microsoft’s intended use cases for both Intune and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and how admins can better navigate the variety of possibilities when it comes to adding to AD. 
  9. NIST 800-63 Password Guidelines
    • This blog focuses on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) password guidelines for 2019, how they have transformed from their initial release in 2017, and how admins can best prepare their organizations to comply with these guidelines. 
  10. Replace On-Premises AD with Azure AD
    • This post focuses on a query admins have been pondering since Microsoft introduced Azure years earlier. Discover Microsoft’s intended use for AAD, and where common misconceptions with the cloud-based platform may lie. 

We hope you enjoyed last year’s content as we at JumpCloud look forward to the possibilities this new year holds. Have any comments or questions? Feel free to reach out.

Kayla Coco-Stotts

Kayla is a content writer at JumpCloud with a B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Kentucky. She hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and loves to eat good food and hike Boulder's beautiful trails when she is not writing.

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