Centrify is First to Extend Microsoft Group Policy to Mac OS X

Centrify Corporation has announced the availability of the only solution that enables IT managers to centrally secure and configure Mac OS X systems through Microsoft Group Policy. With DirectControl, IT professionals can now use the same desktop lockdown and configuration management tools that they use for their Windows environment, to improve security and to centrally set policy and perform bulk configuration of Mac OS X systems. Centrify has also announced that Centrify DirectControl now supports Mac OS X on Intel-based systems, in addition to its current support for Mac OS X on PowerPC.

The addition of a wide array of Group Policy settings for Mac OS X environments enriches the Microsoft Active Directory-based authentication and authorization capabilities that DirectControl already delivers for Mac OS X. DirectControl's Mac OS X group policies help IT managers increase desktop security by enforcing password locks on screensavers, setting and managing firewall settings, locking down system preferences, controlling energy-saver functions, controlling Internet sharing settings, and providing a range of other management functions. These features extend to Mac OS X-based systems running on Intel processors.

The Centrify DirectControl suite consists of the DirectControl Agent and DirectControl Management Tools. The DirectControl Agent enables a UNIX, Linux or Mac OS X computer to join an Active Directory domain and provides comprehensive Active Directory services for that system: authenticates administrator and end-user logins, controls access to any hosted web applications, and implements Group Policy updates. The DirectControl Management Tools enable administrators to set user and group access rights for the managed systems, set up Centrify Zones, run reports, configure the DirectControl Agents, and import accounts.

DirectControl for Mac OS X is installed on the desktop or server to enforce both computer and user group policies. The Group Policy capabilities included with DirectControl for Mac OS X leverage information stored in Active Directory about the machines and users on the network, and deliver robust capabilities such as loop-back filtering.

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