Authentication Services

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Improve operational efficiencies.

Integrate UNIX, Mac OS® X and Linux systems in Active Directory®.

Software Authentication Services


Integrate Unix, Linux and Mac OS X in Active Directory, while extending the compliance and security of Active Directory to your enterprise using Authentication Services, part of the Privileged Access Suite for Unix.

Use Authentication Services, part of the Privileged Access Suite for UNIX, to integrate UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X in Active Directory and extend its compliance and security. Centralized authentication and single sign-on enables you to improve your organization's operational efficiencies. The integration software also allows you to unify identities and consolidate directories to simplify identity and access management.

Active Directory for UNIX, Linux and Mac
  • Extend the authentication, authorization and administration infrastructure of Active Directory to the rest of your enterprise
  • Enable UNIX, Mac OS X and Linux systems to operate as full citizens within Active Directory Audit, alerting and change tracking
  • Prove that your UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X systems have control over non-Windows stored data when they join Active Directory
  • Alert, audit and show in-depth change history of UNIX-centric information managed by Active Directory
Administration, configuration and management
  • Access an intuitive, platform-agnostic web console
  • Get root delegation capabilities and centralized access to an Active Directory bridge
Group Policy for UNIX, Linux and Mac
  • Extend policy-based management (through Windows Group Policy) to non-Windows systems, including Group Policy for Mac OS X using the product’s patented framework
Access control
  • Get central control over which Active Directory users are permitted to authenticate to which non-Windows systems because Authentication Services extends the native access control capabilities of Active Directory to non-Windows systems
Deployment flexibility
  • Choose from a non-impact, "schema-less" deployment to a fully rationalized, "get to one" environment, enabling you to deploy Authentication Services in whichever way best suits your objectives, environment, timelines and challenges
Single sign-on (SSO)
  • Implement “Kerberized” and LDAP SSO to UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X systems in the same way they’re used in Windows
  • Get out-of-the-box, single sign-on for a variety of applications, including Siebel, SAP and DB2
NIS migration and directory consolidation
  • Streamline the process of joining UNIX/Mac OS X/Linux systems and users to your Active Directory domain
  • Simplify migration from multiple authentication mechanisms (including NIS), directories and identities to a single Active Directory-based infrastructure for all of your users and systems
Simplified identity and access management
  • Maximize the value of your investment in Active Directory and AD-optimized identity administration tools while dramatically simplifying your existing security framework, meta-directory, or synchronization solution
  • Authentication Services includes the following components:

    Unix Agent
    Windows Management Tools
    Management Console for Unix

    The tables below outline system requirements and supported platforms for installing and running each of these components.

    Unix Agents – Supported Platforms (Version 4.1.0)

    Red Hat® Linux
    Enterprise 5 Desktop/Server/Advanced (Intel x86/x86 64)
    Enterprise 5 Desktop/Server/Advanced (PowerPC 32/64 bit)
    Enterprise 5 Desktop/Server/Advanced (IA-64)
    Enterprise 5 Server/Advanced (IBM zSeries)
    Enterprise 6 Desktop/Server/Advanced (Intel x86/x86 64)
    Enterprise 6 Desktop/Server/Advanced (PowerPC 32/64 bit)
    Enterprise 6 Desktop/Server/Advanced (IBM zSeries)
    Enterprise 7 (Intel x86 64)
    Enterprise 7 (POWER)
    Enterprise 7 (IBM System z)

    CentOS Linux
    CentOS 5 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    CentOS 6 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    CentOS 7 (x86 64)

    Fedora Linux
    Fedora Current Supported Releases (Intel x86/x86 64)

    SuSE® Linux
    Enterprise Desktop 10 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    Enterprise Desktop 11 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    Enterprise Desktop 12 (x86 64)
    Enterprise Server 10 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    Enterprise Server 10 (IA-64)
    Enterprise Server 10 (PowerPC – 32/64 bit)
    Enterprise Server 10 (IBM zSeries – 64-bit)
    Enterprise Server 11 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    Enterprise Server 11 (IA-64)
    Enterprise Server 11 (PowerPC – 32/64 bit)
    Enterprise Server 11 (IBM zSeries – 64-bit)
    Enterprise Server 12 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    Enterprise Server 12 (PowerPC – 32/64 bit)
    Enterprise Server 12 (IBM zSeries – 64bit)

    OpenSuSE Current Supported Releases (Intel x86/x86 64)

    Ubuntu Current Supported Releases (Intel x86/x86 64)

    Debian GNU/Linux 6 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    Debian GNU/Linux 7 (Intel x86/x86 64)

    Oracle Enterprise Linux
    OEL 5 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    OEL 6 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    OEL 7 (Intel x86 64)

    Oracle VM
    Oracle VM 2

    Citrix XenServer
    XenServer 5.x

    VMware ESX
    vSphere (ESX 4.0, 4.1)

    Sun® Solaris
    8 (SPARC – 32/64 bit)
    8 (Intel x86)
    9 (SPARC – 32/64 bit)
    9 (Intel x86)
    10 (SPARC – 32/64 bit)
    10 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    11 11/11 (SPARC – 32/64 bit)
    11 11/11 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    11.1 (SPARC – 32/64 bit)
    11.1 (Intel x86/x86 64)
    11.2 (SPARC – 32/64 bit)
    11.2 (Intel x86/x86 64)

    HP® HP-UX
    11.11 (PA-RISC – 32/64 bit)
    11.22 (IA64 – 32/64 bit + PA-RISC 32 bit)
    11.23 (PA-RISC – 32/64 bit)
    11.23 (IA64 – 32/64 bit + PA-RISC 32 bit)
    11.31 (PA-RISC – 32/64 bit)
    11.31 (IA64 – 32/64 bit + PA-RISC 32 bit)

    5.3 (32/64 bit)
    6.1 (32/64 bit)
    7.1 (32/64 bit)
    7.2 (32/64 bit)

    Apple Mac OS X
    OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
    OS X 10.9 Mavericks
    OS X 10.10 Yosemite

    Windows Management Tools

    Supported Windows Platforms
    Windows XP SP2 (or later)
    Windows Vista
    Windows 7
    Windows 8
    Windows Server 2003 SP1 (or later)
    Windows Server 2008
    Windows Server 2008 R2
    Windows Server 2012
    Windows Server 2012 R2

    Prerequisite Windows Software
    Windows Installer 3.1 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893803)
    Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or higher
    Windows PowerShell 1.0 or higher (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968929)

    Management Console for Unix

    Server Requirements
    You can install Management Console for Unix on any platform that has 32-bit
    Sun JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.6.

    Note: Management Console for Unix is not supported on AIX.

    Supported Windows Platforms
    Windows XP SP2 (or later)
    Windows Vista
    Windows 7
    Windows 8
    Windows Server 2003 SP1 (or later)
    Windows Server 2008
    Windows Server 2008 R2
    Windows Server 2012
    Windows Server 2012 R2

    Default memory requirement
    1024 MB

    Supported Web Browsers
    Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11
    Mozilla Firefox 3 and greater
    Apple Safari 4 (Mac only; Windows not supported)
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