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December 6, 2021 by Laurie Mona

Password sync powered by Jamf Connect in Jamf Now Plus

We’re expanding Jamf Now Plus functionality to include password sync powered by Jamf Connect.

To bring even more Jamf benefits to your organization, we’re excited to announce we are expanding Jamf Now Plus functionality to include password sync powered by Jamf Connect. When configured with a cloud identity provider, Jamf Connect helps users manage and continuously keep their network and local passwords in sync. Password sync will launch as preview* functionality with support for Microsoft Azure AD and Okta, with additional preview enhancements to come.

Jamf Now Plus is designed for businesses who need more features than Jamf Now, and in addition to password sync, also includes features such as in-house app installation, custom configuration profiles, macOS package deployment, and enhanced support.

A mobile workforce is the rule, not the exception in business today. The ever-expanding number of devices, volume of data, and disappearance of office boundaries requires companies of all sizes, not just large enterprises, to rethink their approach to the employee experience and how they access the tools they need to be efficient.

Because employees need access to their working materials wherever they are at, modern identity management uses directory service and cloud-based single sign-on (SSO) from a cloud IdP, commonly Microsoft Azure AD or Okta.

SSO is an authentication process that enables users to securely authenticate with multiple applications and websites by using a single set of credentials. Rather than having your users authenticate themselves and login to each and every platform, app and service you offer, SSO allows them to do it once, securely, and gain access to everything they need.

With this new functionality, Jamf is providing one important aspect of identity management: ensuring a user’s cloud identity password is synced with a local Mac password, leveraging a single identity for everything a user needs to be productive. In addition to a drastic reduction in password-related IT Help Desk tickets, IT admins have the peace of mind of better device security with no static local device passwords and the ability to enforce password policies detected from the cloud identity provider.

Having one set of credentials to rule everything a user does on their machine improves the end-user experience by eliminating login fatigue and keeps productivity high by not having to stop for a forgotten password reset.

How it works: Steps to enable password sync in Jamf Now Plus

If you are currently using the Jamf Now Plus plan, it’s a simple process to enable password sync powered by Jamf Connect:

  1. Log in to Jamf Now.
  2. Click Blueprints.
  3. Click on the Blueprint you want to edit.
  4. Click Security.
  5. Select the Enable Jamf Connect checkbox.
  6. Select your cloud identity provider (IdP) from the Identity Provider pop-up menu, and then enter your ID or URL in the text field.
  7. (Optional) If you selected Okta, click Test to check that the IdP information was entered correctly.
  8. Click Save Changes.

Jamf Now supports Okta and Microsoft Azure AD.

Review our Help Center article for more information.

*Features included in preview might not be complete and could undergo changes before becoming available in the public release. They’re provided for evaluation and exploration purposes only.

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