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I have a question for the community regarding the cloud extender that I hope will help myself and others. I am trying to gain a better understanding of the cloud extender and to what extend it is "required."
It is listed and described as optional, but in reading the documentation, it appears to be a requirement for some of the "cooler" functions of the MaaS platform.
I was wondering if someone could describe what elements of control/visibility exist without the cloud extender, and what elements of control/visibility exist with the cloud extender. For example, do i need to the cloud extender to enable wildcard usage (%username%) for auto-enrollment, or for certificate distribution, that sort of thing.
Thanks very much!
Hi Luke - here is some detail that I hope helps. The Cloud Extender has many integration points.
The most common integration points are with Exchange Active Sync Server, Lotus Traveler Server and Active Directory.
For Exchange Active Sync and Traveler, the Cloud Extender allows you to gain instant visibility into all of your existing devices. Customers find this helpful as often they are not aware how many devices are active synced to their mail environment. Also with Exchange Active Sync, we can enable our auto-quarantine functionality which would prevent any new devices from synchronizing without the admin knowing about it. We also will pull across your Active Sync policies for single management with your other iOS and Android policies. Lastly I would say our Business Intelligence reporting will provide you more detail than Exchange or Traveler can.
For Active Directory, this allows users to enroll from a common URL with their AD credentials instead of a unique passcode. You can use the %username% with or without the AD integration. Even without AD, you can still specific the corp username, email address and domain in the enrollment.
The Active Directory integration also allows the Cloud Extender to pull your AD groups and associated users to MaaS360 for group creation and pushing policies/apps/etc via that group.
We also integrate with MS SCEP and Symantec for certificate deployment to the devices. This allows for wireless, vpn and email profiles to be created and authentication used via the cert.
We also support LDAP integration for authentication and grouping as well as access to the Blackberry Enterprise Server.
Happy to talk further if you need additional information or want to discuss your environment and how we would best fit. Additional details can be found by product on our website as well at http://www.maas360.com/product.....anagement/.