We can help- Active Directory

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

Tags: AD, Active Directory, Centrify, Unix

I'd like to start a discussion regarding the many offerings we can provide to make your life easier, more productive, and more secure. One area we excel in and can help you out with is Active Directory Integration, Security and Auditing.


Active Directory is wildly popular in the enterprise, and with good reason. It's arguably one of the best products Microsoft has come out with. A single point of entry for new employees, permissions, and security, it's a great way to make sure you know who has access to systems, that password security meets a standard, allows users to be turned on and off centrally, and it 'just works'.


NAPC has partnered for years with Centrify, the leader in Non-Windows AD integration. We've been using them for Unix integration since they first came out with their world class solutions, and they just keep getting better. You probably know of us and them from your Xinet server. We also have been doing Mac desktop integration (Centrify leans on us for this expertise when they need implementation !). Check out our video on easy rollout of desktop macs to get a sense of what can be done, in addition to the basics-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHrvZiYEZaE


That's just the tip of the iceberg though. Centrify and NAPC can provide data-center wide services- helping implement AD integration across all your *nix systems. There's a very powerful suite of permissions tools included, so you not only get a stable central authentication structure, you also get an easy way to put 'like' servers into admin groups, and assign rights for users and groups to multiple servers simultaneously. This is tremendously efficient. They have the ability to apply sudo permissions as well in this way, all through an easy, intuitive interface.


On top of this, there's even a great story for Windows servers. Centrify gives reporting capabilities that AD itself doesn't. The suite includes much finer grained abilities to search for idle users, accounts, and machines. We've had people fail SOX audits, and been shown the tool in Centrify that  would have caught the exceptions beforehand. And with automated reporting, you can show the auditors you're trapping for this now, and there's no more examples of it. Talk about looking like a hero!


Another example of what can be done is ongoing auditing of systems. You can load a very lightweight client on any Unix or Windows machine that will actually record screen captures of a users actions. That way, if a system goes down, and an Admin or service provider can't remember exactly what they did, you can watch a video of them typing, mistyping, pushing buttons. This helps you from a SOX auditing standpoint for allowing remote providers in, but also allows you to understand exactly what was done that broke the system. This is hugely powerful, not only to speed up recovery, but also from a training perspective for your admins.


This just breaks the surface of what the tools are capable of. Please feel free to reach out and ask what else can be done, or if you have specific needs, or just feel like you could be doing more on the security and auditing front. Odds are, there's a solution that can address your needs, get you home on time, and sleeping soundly!


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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