Centrify DirectControl

By: Lance McAndrew, Centrify - Revised: 2009-06-03 scott

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Centrify DirectControl by Lance McAndrew, Centrify
Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X enables IT administrators to add Mac computers to their Windows Active Directory infrastructure to centrally manage the authentication, authorization and configuration of Mac OS X systems as well as to lock down the user’s desktop environment. This enables IT administrators to manage and secure Mac OS X systems using the same tools and processes already in place to manage Windows systems.

Security policies are maintained across all systems through Active Directory Group Policy, for both computer-related security settings as well as end-user specific settings. IT managers can streamline operations and reduce costs by using DirectControl to globally configure Mac systems via Active Directory.

Group Policy
Manage DirectControl configuration and OS X security settings; lock down System Preferences; enforce screensaver locking, and much more.

Computer Group Policies User Group Policies
  • Account Settings
  • Energy Saver Settings
  • Firewall Settings
  • Internet Sharing
  • Network Settings
  • Remote Management
  • Security
  • Sharing Services
  • Software Update Settings
  • Application Access
  • Desktop and Screen Saver
  • Dock Settings
  • Finder Settings
  • Folder Redirection
  • Media Access Controls
  • Mobility Sync Settings
  • Other Application Settings
  • Scripts (Login/Logout)
  • Security Settings
  • System Preference Settings

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Lance McAndrew has been a Sales Engineer at Centrify for 4 1/2 years. Prior to that he worked at RSA, Entrust and Apple Computer. His first machine when starting at Apple Computer was a Mac Plus with dual floppy drives (1986). He witnessed such innovations as the 20mb hard drive, the color screen, and the localtalk network.

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