Deploy Macs Quickly and Simply With Centrify

Posted by Grant Mongardi on Wed, May 22, 2013 @ 01:56 PM

Tags: Centrify, Unix, Linux, IT, Macs, DirectControl, Windows

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You're struggling with Mac deployments and wasting your valuable time fine-tuning the user experience on every Mac you release. You're sick of running around to desktops just to change minor settings like DNS, proxies, or background images. Who has the time?

Thanks to Centrify, you can deploy your Macs simply, quickly, and cheaply with a modicum of effort and the ability to easily customize the end user experience all with a single OSX image file, all from the comfort of your desktop. 



You can easily manipulate the users' look and feel based on the role of the machine, so a kiosk would look different from a laptop or a desktop. This all happens after deployment, meaning the look and feel changes all happen after the users logs into their respective Macs.

Watch the video for the full rundown of how Centrify will make your life a lot easier when deploying Macs. There's much more to learn about Centrify on our site! 

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Bam! How Centrify Makes Mac IT Work Easier

Posted by Grant Mongardi on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 02:58 PM

Tags: Centrify, Unix, Linux, IT, Macs, DirectControl, Windows

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Working in IT presents a variety of challenges, especially when you're on a Mac. Whether it's running on licenses because your Mac users never release them or needing to manage recordable devices because of oversight by some regulatory committee, Centrify can save you a lot of time and headaches. Just like that - bam!


 

Centrify has a very low cost desktop version that allows you to control rights on Apple computers. Part of that is the ability to easily roll out dozens of new machines with minimal work. It's a common need, and we've a way of doing it no one else has. Centrify's DirectControl for Mac allows for joining Macs to AD and applying REAL Microsoft policy using Microsoft's Policy Management MMC. Stop trying to pass off configuration management as policy, and then spending hours explaining it to your auditor.

That's just the tip of the iceberg with Centrify, where you can:

-Create accurate, robust and customizable reports on everything AD
-Deploy, Manage, control and Customize your Mac Desktops.
-Manage your Mobile devices and control your BYOD devices (bring your own device)
-Realize all of your Single-Sign-On (SSO) desires.
-Manage user-privilige on Windows, Linux and Unix systems
-Monitor, Record and Audit user activity on Windows, Linux and Unix.

So when you're working in IT, there's no need to get that sinking feeling that your Mac will give you more hurdles and obstacles than you have time for. Centrify can make management and control problems go away with a bam!

 

 

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To our Northeast and Mid Atlantic customers

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Fri, Nov 02, 2012 @ 02:25 PM

Tags: support, knowledge, DAM Systems, Xinet How To, Linux

As our region recovers, we hope you and your families are safe and sound. Our thoughts are with the communities that have been hit the hardest. We want you to know that NAPC will stand with you as the recovery effort continues.

Your systems have been designed for resiliency and should come through just fine upon restoration of utilities. We'd like to offer some common suggestions on re-powering equipment to minimize the effort required to get back in business.

Once you're back in the building and ready to start powering up the systems, work from the outside in-

Power up the Tape library, fiber and ethernet switches.
If bound to directory services, make sure the DCs and DNS servers are up and running
If your raid has multiple chassis' daisy chained off the head unit, power those on first, and wait for them to come up and settle down to a steady state (usually a few minutes)
Power on the Raid controller, and wait for a few minutes again, until it's settled down and is fully up.
Finally, power on the Production server.
Your Portal server can be turned on at any point through the process.

Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help you through this crisis and recovery.

Active Directory services in a heterogenous environment:

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 06:11 AM

Tags: Mac, OSX, SOX, Compliance, Security, Xinet, AD, Active Directory, Linux

Once in a while, we find a great tool that solves a big problem, quietly, effectively, and efficiently at an affordable price.

Enter Centrify, a tool that puts all your Linux, Mac and Unix  platforms under Active Directory services. It solves your SOX compliance, security, and auditing requirements, letting you manage and verify all your platforms with minimal effort.

For our customers who operate a Xinet production environment, it brings both the server and the desktops into the AD realm.

We’re aware of two approaches to implementing Centrify in Xinet domains.

One reduces your initial  license cost, but adds some complexity, reduces functionality and is unsupported by Centrify. We don't do this. It does save some upfront costs, and reduces the annual maintenance.

Obviously, we think that approach is deeply flawed.

We’ve built a robust practice around implementing Centrify as a stable, flexible and fully supported tool. Centrify sets a very high standard. Would that all software worked so well.