Red Hat Enterprise Linux Integration with Active Directory

Centrally secure and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems with Active Directory authentication, access control, policy enforcement, privilege management and auditing

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a Linux distribution that has been widely deployed for enterprise-class applications. Red Hat provides support and certified training programs for Enterprise Linux.

The Centrify Server Suite centrally secures and manages Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems — along with 450 other versions of Windows, Linux and UNIX — by integrating them with your existing Microsoft Active Directory services. With the Centrify Server Suite you can:

  • Gain visibility into identity-related risks and mitigate internal threats.  Automated discovery of violations of identity and access management best practices, and simplified privileged access management and auditing link all privileged activity back to an individual.
  • Streamline regulatory compliance across Windows, Linux and UNIX systems.  A single, unified identity architecture enables enterprise-wide session auditing and compliance reporting while enforcing a least-privilege security model.
  • Reduce costs and increase productivity.  A single, integrated solution for unified identity, privileged access management, and activity auditing leverages your existing investments in identity infrastructure, versus deploying a myriad of single purpose and platform specific products.

Built on a single architecture, the Centrify Server Suite has been chosen by over 5,000 enterprise customers worldwide for its quick-to-deploy, easy-to-manage next-generation technology. The Centrify Server Suite is packaged in several editions to suit your needs.

Smart Card Support

Centrify Server Suite for Red Hat Smart Card Edition provides full smart card support on for all CAC, CACNG, and PIV smart cards. This includes the Oberthur ID One 128 v 5.5 Dual Smart Card, bringing Red Hat systems into compliance with HSPD-12. No special user configuration is required on the local system because all authentication and access control data is stored in Microsoft Active Directory. Server Suite supports both online and offline login with smart cards. This would enable an organization to, for example, require users logging on to a Red Hat laptop on an airplane to authenticate using their smart card.

To streamline deployment of smart card-protected systems, Server Suite automates the configuration of the system to support smart card login as well as to ensure that the system trusts the root certificate authorities that are trusted by Active Directory when a Red Hat system joins the domain. Active Directory enforces smart card access to Windows systems through the Account option "Smart card is required for interactive logon" policy. Server Suite enforces this policy on Red Hat systems as well, giving you the ability to enforce smart card access consistently across your organization.

Server Suite also provides Group Policies to enable centralized management of smart card login. These Group Policies can be used to require a Red Hat system to go into screen lock or to force a logout when the smart card is removed from the reader during a session. This policy enforcement on Red Hat systems enables organizations to easily enable the secured usage of Red Hat systems within their Windows environments leveraging the same tools, procedures and policies that they are already familiar with today.