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"When we go through audits, we don’t worry about questions from the auditor – it’s all there."

CISSP, Chief Technology Officer, GCI

Active Directory and Group Policy for Integrating Unix, Linux and Mac into Windows Environments

BeyondTrust AD Bridge centralizes authentication for Unix, Linux and Mac environments by extending Active Directory’s Kerberos authentication and single sign-on capabilities to these platforms. By extending Group Policy to non-Windows platforms, BeyondTrust provides centralized configuration management, reducing the risk and complexity of managing a heterogeneous environment.

Benefits of Extending Active Directory Authentication to Linux and Mac

Improved Efficiency

Empower administrators: Provide a single familiar toolset to manage both Windows and Unix systems. Perform account maintenance and password updates through a single directory administration tool (Active Directory Users and Computers).

Configuration: Enables one-to-many management of Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X configuration settings.

Reduce costs: Leverage existing Active Directory deployments to centrally manage heterogeneous workstations and users.

Manage Active Directory from Linux or Mac OS X: Provides a pluggable framework with an interface similar to Microsoft’s Management Console on Linux or Mac OS X.

User management: Allow users to use their Active Directory credentials (Username and Password) to gain access to Unix, Linux and Mac, consolidating various password files, NIS and LDAP repositories into Active Directory and removing the need to manage user accounts separately on Mac workstations and server platforms.

Extend Mac OS X: Full support for Apple’s Workgroup Manager application, allowing for seamless management and control of Mac system settings.

Easier Compliance

Extend Active Directory: BeyondTrust AD Bridge is the only solution that does not have to modify your Active Directory schema to add Linux, Unix, & Mac OS X systems to your network.

Granular Reporting: Effortlessly manage and view access privileges for users and groups through customizable reports. Provide audit details to audit and compliance teams via enterprise-spanning access and authorization reports.

Extend Group Policy: Extend the capabilities of native group policy management tools to include specific group policy settings for Unix, Linux and Mac – achieving a consistent configuration across the enterprise.

Enhanced Security

SSO: Get single sign-on for any enterprise application that supports Kerberos or LDAP, including Samba, Apache, SSH, Websphere, JBoss, Tomcat, Oracle, and MySQL.

File sharing: Support for Remote Network file share access for Mac and Linux systems.

Access control: Centrally control access to non-Windows systems by defining which users are permitted to log onto which systems via Active Directory.