Mac Active Directory (AD), Group policy (GPO) & Single Sign-On (SSO)

Thursby ADmitMac Windows Active Directory for Mac

If you are like most IT professionals, Macs have slowly crept into your enterprise environment. At first it was just a few VIPs, power users, thought leaders, or an isolated department or lab, but slowly more and more Macs have made it into your ecosystem and you are now faced with management, integration, security and compliance issues.  Communicating this problem to the individuals who introduced the devices in the first place is not an easy task. There wasn’t an issue connecting their handful of devices so why would there be problems with connecting a few dozens or hundreds more?

The problem, as you now know, is that Apple has not provided high level enterprise support for these functions. This means that when you were only binding one or two Macs to the domain there were barely any problems and those you did experience didn’t seem to absorb much time. Basic math and logic can tell you though that as the number of Macs in the environment increases the number of problems increase along with it. The number of man hours spent trying to fix the glitches that arise from a large population of Macs trying to access enterprise resources can become a very big expense for a company in a very short time, especially with the frequency of new software and hardware updates and upgrades from Apple. 

This is where ADmitMac steps in.  ADmitMac software turns a Mac into a true Microsoft Active Directory (AD) client, supporting Microsoft Group Policy (GPO) or Apple Workgroup Manager (WgM) policy management and Single Sign-On (SSO) login security. Today, in its eigth generation, ADmitMac is a one-stop solution for end-to-end Mac-Windows management, integration and security needs.

For specific product details, please refer to our product descriptions

Experience with Mac Active Directory and Group Policy

Thursby's ADmitMac has been the market-leader in Mac-Windows Active Directory integration since 2003, with tens of thousands of satisfied worldwide clients.  2003 was the year we introduced the world's first Mac-Windows Active Directory integration, also the world's first non-Windows Active Directory integration, long before Linux-oriented Active Directory server-based shareware and its limitations.

Leveraging standard Active Directory infrastructure with Thursby brings many benefits around identity, access management, policy enforcement and logging to organizations.  For example, Active Directory natively covers many of the key information technology provisions of the Sarbanes–Oxley (SOX) Act Section 404 or Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) standards. 

A core appeal of Thursby’s products to organizations is the ability to deliver simple and direct client-side connectivity with existing server or cloud infrastructure and processes, eliminating the costs, complexities, performance and scalability issues with unnecessary lock-in to new server or cloud software (the baggage of solutions focused around legacy Linux shareware).  Our client-side software similarly leverages Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), SharePoint, Exchange email, Outlook Web Access (OWA), Exchange Active Sync (EAS), Distributed File Systems (DFS) and network storage (SMB/CIFS), again with no new cloud or server software required.

If you do not need Active Directory, only Mac-Windows network storage integration, that is our DAVE product. If you are looking for strong security Mac-Windows Active Directory integration with smart cards, that is our ADmitMac PKI product.

  • "ADmitMac is the hands-down choice, 5 stars out of 5, the clear winner"
    Comparative Review of Mac-to-AD Integration Solutions, Windows IT Pro Magazine
  • "ADmitMac sets the bar to measure all others by"
    Sam Litt, author Mac OS X Bible, long-time user
  • ADmitMac “a cult following and for good reason”
    The Register Magazine

Better architecture builds in lower TCO

  • Simple - client-based for simple testing, deployment and maintenance, avoiding the costs, integration issues, security, uptime, resilience and scalability challenges of proprietary new server, cloud or NOC back-ends
  • Transparent - leverages standard Microsoft, Apple or Android tools, infrastructure, processes and training for reduced costs, risk and time-lines, with no “lock-in” to proprietary new back-ends
  • Complete - everything included, end-to-end, so no hidden costs and fees, missing features, or required on-site “services” and backed by U.S. engineering and support specialists

Site licenses and volume discounts are offered

Thursby is an American company celebrating nearly three decades of enterprise iPad, iPhone and Mac integration, management and security specialization. Historically, integration was with Microsoft-focused server infrastructure, and more recently cloud and Android. Thursby is headquartered in Arlington, TX, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, with over 80,000 clients in over 140 countries and well over a million software licenses sold.  Clients include organizations with hundreds to thousands of devices under management, ranging from government, to healthcare, finance and enterprise, to education and research, including the FORTUNE 500™, Global 2000 and OEMs.  Partners include Apple, Microsoft, Juniper, Samsung and others.