Jamf, which develops “Apple in the enterprise” solutions, says Jamf Connect can now be directly configured in Jamf Pro, combining the IT workflows of Jamf Pro and the streamlined Mac authentication and identity management capabilities of Jamf Connect into one integrated experience.
“A recent global survey showed that 31% of issues experienced by Mac users were login and credential issues – so a fairly sizable hurdle throughout a user’s experience,” says Jason Wudi, chief technology officer, Jamf. “Jamf Connect was created to solve these issues. By making Jamf Connect configurations available in the Jamf Pro interface, the number of steps to deploy or edit a Jamf Connect configuration are reduced, making setup and management much easier. This integration is a powerful step in how we continue to innovate in helping our customers succeed with Apple in the enterprise.”
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. allows for simple provisioning of users from Azure Active Directory during an Apple provisioning workflow. And, in addition to Azure AD, Jamf Connect also integrates with Google Cloud Identity (announced last year).
Wudi says the integration between Jamf Pro and Jamf Connect empowers IT admins and delivers a better end user experience through:
° An improved automated enrollment workflow and Jamf Connect password sync that provides end users with a better start-to-finish onboarding and enrollment experience. Through a handoff of the user’s full name and username from Jamf Pro to Jamf Connect, the admin knows that a user has a cloud identity provider (IdP) username that they will use for their local Mac account, creating consistency that makes it easier for an admin to manage. With the ability to use a single set of credentials on both their Mac and IdP, end users are also less likely to need IT support.
° New functionality in Jamf Pro to dynamically update configuration options for Jamf Connect. Jamf Connect is now easier than ever to configure with Jamf Pro. Since Jamf Connect releases every two weeks, admins will be able to leverage the latest features as soon as they are available within their Jamf Pro console instead of going out to their separate Jamf Connect instance.
° Immediate FileVault encryption, so users no longer need to log out and back in before FileVault encrypts their computer.