updated 06:55 pm EDT, Tue September 21, 2010
Bridges AD to over 260 versions of UNIX, Linux, M
Centrify has announced a second update to its flagship product, Centrify Suite 2010, which adds a dozen new UNIX and Linux platforms to the list of supported operating systems for its Active Directory-based access management and identity verification tool. Centrify Express, its free version, has also been updated with Solaris and OpenSolaris support.
Update 2 adds support for over a dozen new UNIX and Linux platforms, including the latest versions of CentOS, Citrix XenServer, Scientific Linux, Mandriva, Mandriva Enterprise Server, Novel OpenSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, OpenSolaris and VMWare ESX. All told, the Centrify Suite supports 260 versions of various non-Microsoft operating systems, including Mac OS X. The software supports both PPC- and Intel-based Macs running v10.5.3 or higher, with a 64-bit version available for Intel Macs.
The product allows users to login using their Active Directory identities across a heterogeneous range of platforms, allowing companies better control over "privileged" users rather than exposing root or sharing other high-privilege accounts with regular users. It allows users to seamlessly participate in Active Directory domains, with advance Windows Group Policy support, using only a single user ID across all supported platforms, avoiding manual provisioning and potential security risks. The suite also fully supports Smart Cards across all platforms.
The updated Centrify Express, a free offering that allows for single-ID signon, features an enhanced DirectManage Express component that automates the discovery and deployment of the Centrify Express agent on non-Windows systems.