Modern Workplace - Oct 28, 2021

macOS in the Microsoft eco-system – Ensuring successful integration.

Experience gathered from projects over the last few months has shown that the Mac is gaining a foothold in corporate IT despite old prejudices and myths. The idea that Windows applications have no known counterpart in macOS has long since been proven incorrect. Applications tend to be available for both platforms or are OS-independent as either web-based or as cloud platforms.

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The latter in particular has experienced enormous growth over the last few months—especially the Microsoft Cloud. Many companies find themselves in a phase of transition between classic on-premise infrastructures to cloud platforms, a fact underscored by the migration of company directories to the azure Active Directory, the deployment of Microsoft Teams as a modern collaboration solutions and the management of mobile platforms such as iOS via Endpoint Manager/Intune.

Microsoft also has versions of its Teams, OneDrive and Office suite apps for macOS systems, meaning that employees don’t have to do without the tools they know, but can carry on working as normal in the event of a platform swap.

How does macOS fit into this environment?

Pretty well. The changes to infrastructure listed above as well as to the way we work and especially where we work—not only as a result of the pandemic—mean that macOS can definitely bring added value to companies.

Thanks to Apple’s Automated Device Enrolment programme (ADE, formally DEP), Macs can be connected to the company’s management solution straight out of the box—even from home. Once they’ve done that, users have access the applications and configurations they need and the support of a technician is generally unnecessary when it comes to starting up the device.

Where does Microsoft come in?

For many businesses, Microsoft plays a crucial role. As a UEM (unified endpoint management) solution, Microsoft Endpoint Manager not only makes it possible to manage Windows-based systems, but also to integrate Apple iOS, Android and macOS systems.

Alongside management via configuration profiles and the distribution of Mac App Store apps, even packaged applications can be provisioned, enabling, for example, hard drive encryption to be centrally enabled using File vault. Even far-reaching changes and configurations via scripts are possible and round off the services available.

Furthermore, businesses not only benefit from simplified management, but also from increased security. Access to corporate data can be limited through the use of pre-configured conditional access rules so that only compliant macOS systems are able to access them.

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Published on Oct 28, 2021.