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February 17, 2010

Centrify Unveils DirectManage

Sometimes, it’s difficult to manage UNIX and Linux systems with a sea of servers, hypervisors, applications and desktops on the network.
Also, administrators have a tough time trying to enforce policies and security measures throughout the network. Now, to help them out, Centrify Corporation has introduced Centrify DirectManage, a software solution that centralizes the discovery, management and user administration of UNIX and Linux systems.
Centrify Suite’s existing management and reporting consoles can now be integrated by DirectManage to provide them with new capabilities to ease deployment, configuration and migration. Using DirectManage, IT administrators can easily automate and simplify key processes and tasks such as discovering UNIX and Linux systems, migrating accounts, provisioning zones and deploying software to systems.  
For companies, an ability to manage heterogeneous systems and applications using Active Directory from Centrify allows them to strengthen security, enhance compliance efforts, and reduce operational costs.
“DirectManage is our new management platform that spans all of our product offerings and reflects our commitment to increasing security while reducing the overhead of administering it,” said Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing and business development for Centrify. “By using a single, centralized utility to manage access control and security policies, organizations can get the best visibility and control over their critical systems.”
With DirectManage, administrators get various benefits such as determining the readiness of a UNIX or Linux system to join Active Directory; delegating the management of access rights, accounts, privileges and security policies; and simplifying the deployment of Centrify security solutions to UNIX and Linux systems.
Recently, the company announced support for the latest Samba release 3.3.9. Centrify provides, free of charge, a packaged and tested version of Samba that works seamlessly on systems that have been joined to Active Directory using Centrify DirectControl. Existing customers and those evaluating DirectControl can download it from the Centrify Download Center. Also, Centrify has introduced a Winbind Proxy which provides authentication and access control.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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