Everyone has Linux systems on their network, but most of those systems are stuck in the early 90's in terms of identity and authentication. They are like Windows way back in time before you had Windows NT domains. Each system has its list of users and groups. Each human user has an account and password on each system they access – or they tend to share accounts and passwords. This is bad for security, creates compliance violations and is just inefficient.

Some organizations run specific versions of Unix and have a strong set of system administrators to support them or have implemented NIS or NIS+, but there are security issues with those too. Generic LDAP is another option for some, but again comes with its own set of challenges; not least is that of on-going maintenance to keep such a system functioning.

Let's face it, Active Directory is where it's at. “It“ being your users, groups and other directory information.

The good news is that Linux has support for AD but the experience and technologies you use vary by distro. In this webinar, Randy will:

  • Demonstrate step-by-step how to configure several distros of Linux to use AD, including CentOS (think RedHat) and Mint (based on Debian and Ubuntu)
  • Look at tools like Winbind and PowerBroker Identity Services which provide AD integration for Linux
  • Dive into the details of how Linux’s native support for AD compares to a Windows system that is a member of an AD domain. There are some big differences. One of the biggest of course is that, on Windows, with AD membership comes configuration management via Group Policy. And then there's Windows built-in capability to find the nearest domain controller and automatically find another DC if the preferred one goes down. I'll show you what works and what doesn't in Linux's native support for AD.
  • Show you how to take that to the next level and make a Linux (or even Mac) system a full-fledged member of Active Directory – comparable to a Windows system – using AD bridge technology from our sponsor, BeyondTrust.
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Randy Franklin Smith

Microsoft MVP & Windows Security Expert, and CEO at Monterey Technology Group, Inc.

Randy Franklin Smith is an internationally recognized expert on the security and control of Windows and Active Directory security who specializes in Windows and Active Directory security. He performs security reviews for clients ranging from small, privately held firms to Fortune 500 companies, national, and international organizations.

Randy Franklin Smith began his career in information technology in the 1980s developing software for a variety of companies. During the early 1990s, he led a business process re-engineering effort for a multi-national organization and designed several mission critical, object-oriented, client/server systems. As the Internet and Windows NT took off, Randy focused on security and led his employer's information security planning team. In 1997, he formed Monterey Technology Group, Inc. where he serves as President.

Certifications

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Microsoft Security Most Valuable Professional (MVP)
  • Systems Security Certified Professional (SSCP)

Industry Memberships

  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Center for Internet Security (CIS)