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Does Microsoft Cloud PKI Support Jamf Pro?

How to set up a Cloud CA for Intune and Jamf Pro
26 Apr 2024

TL;DR: Nope. Jamf Pro is not supported in Microsoft’s new Cloud CA

For years, the buzz around Microsoft’s foray into cloud-based certificate authorities (CAs) has been building. Promises and whispers culminated in today’s official announcement at 11 am, a move that marks a significant shift in how organizations might manage their digital certificates moving forward. The importance of cloud-based CAs has surged in recent years, driven by the need for more flexible, scalable, and secure certificate management solutions that can keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

As organizations increasingly adopt cloud services, the ability to manage certificates effectively—without the complexity and overhead of traditional, on-premises CAs—has become critical. This shift towards cloud-based solutions reflects a broader trend towards cloud-native applications and services, which offer the promise of improved efficiency, cost savings, and better security. However, the journey towards cloud-based certificate management has not been without its challenges.

Does Microsoft’s Cloud PKI Support Jamf Pro?

One significant hurdle has been ensuring compatibility with a wide range of systems and platforms, particularly when it comes to device management. Many organizations rely on Jamf Pro for managing their Apple devices, a platform renowned for its comprehensive capabilities and ease of use. But the million-dollar question is, does Microsoft’s new Cloud PKI support Jamf Pro?

The short answer, as revealed in today’s announcement, is no. Microsoft’s new Cloud CA solution is designed to work seamlessly with Intune, their own device management solution. This focus on Intune means that organizations looking to leverage Microsoft Cloud CA with other mobile device management (MDM) solutions, such as Jamf Pro, will find themselves at a crossroads.

What Cloud CA Supports Jamf Pro in addition to Intune?

For those committed to using Jamf Pro for managing Apple devices, there is an alternative: EZCA by Keytos. Designed with interoperability with outside MDMs like ManageEngine and Jamf, EZCA emerges as a viable solution for those seeking to bridge the gap between Microsoft’s Cloud CA and non-Intune MDM platforms. It represents a strategic choice for organizations that prioritize flexibility and broad compatibility in their certificate management practices.

While Microsoft’s entry into the cloud CA space marks a significant development, the path to widespread adoption and integration across diverse ecosystems remains complex. For now, solutions like EZCA by Keytos offer a necessary bridge for those looking to combine the strengths of Jamf Pro with the benefits of cloud-based certificate management.

Getting Started with EZCA

The Keytos security team is always ready to help your organization get started on it’s journey toward zero trust with our Azure-native Certificate Authority, EZCA. Whether you prefer a direct conversation to tailor a passwordless strategy that best fits your needs or choose to explore at your own pace through our extensive PKI documentation we are here to support you. Our YouTube channel is rich with tutorials and step-by-step guides, meticulously designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary for a seamless transition. We invite you to reach out at your convenience to discuss how we can help secure your operations against the cyber threats of tomorrow!

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