How Active Directory can enhance Apple device management for schools

How Active Directory can enhance Apple device management for schools

Mosyle Team
written by Mosyle Team

An important part of using Apple devices in the classroom is ensuring that devices are assigned to the correct end-users. One way to do this is by integrating the Apple mobile device management (MDM) solution with the Active Directory (AD).

By completing this integration, you can import your class roster and school’s hierarchy easily. Using AD provides seamless control over importing your school’s hierarchy and it means that you can use Single Sign-On (SSO) for students, teachers and staff.

In this article, we’ll share with you some of the best practices for integrating AD with the MDM solution to get all the user data ready for managing devices at your K-12 school. But before that, let’s go over what AD is and how it works.

How does Active Directory work?

Essentially, Active Directory is a directory service that authenticates end-users (like the students, teachers and staff of your school) and devices (such as iPad devices and Mac computers) in a Windows domain network.

When using the Active Directory, IT admins are able to:

*Single Sign-On is only available on the Mosyle Manager Premium plan and Mosyle Auth is available as an add-on.

Here are some tips to integrate the AD smoothly:

Easy integration of Active Directory with Mosyle Manager:

Active Directory offers many ways of organizing data, therefore it’s necessary to have options when mapping and/or binding attributes and variables. This process can be challenging, therefore we have created a very intuitive interface to simplify it while offering more flexibility.

After enabling the structure sync in the Active Directory integration, the IT admin can enter any attribute to import and bind students, teachers, grade levels and class periods.

This also allows you to use several different identity providers when using SSO and the Mosyle Auth solution such as G-Suite, Azure AD and AD Federation Services. Learn how to integrate AD with Mosyle Manager here.

Leave a comment or tweet us if you have any questions about integrating Active Directory with MDM solution!

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