Jamf, which specializes in Apple management solutions, says it’s further expanding into identity authentication and security with Jamf Connect’s integrations with cloud-based identity providers such as Microsoft Azure Active Directory. With Jamf Connect, an end user can unbox their Mac, power it on and access their corporate applications after signing on with Azure Active Directory credentials.
Jamf Connect now allows for simple provisioning of users from Azure Active Directory during an Apple provisioning workflow. It’s a streamlined way to manage accounts and authentication in organizations that leverage Azure Active Directory for Macs, according to CEO Dean Hager.
With the Jamf Authentication plugin, users can log into their Mac with Azure Active Directory credentials. IT admins can create local accounts based on Azure Active Directory identities and keep passwords in sync with those in the directory service. And they can use supported Azure Active Directory multifactor authentication methods at the macOS login window.
Jamf initially stepped into the identity authentication space with the acquisition of Orchard & Grove, the makers of NoMAD. The open-source solution, NoMAD, remains free while the commercial versions of NoMAD (including NoMAD Pro, NoMAD Login+ and PKINIT) were folded into a single solution and rebranded Jamf Connect. Jamf Connect is able to integrate with other mobile device management (MDM) providers, not just Jamf Pro, Jamf’s flagship MDM product.