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What's New in Centrify Suite 2012.2

Monday, March 5, 2012

Last week we came out with a new release to our suite of solution. This latest and greatest version is called Centrify Suite 2012.2, which updates DirectControl to version 5.0.2, DirectAuthorize to version 2.0.2, DirectAudit to 2.0.2, and DirectManage Deployment Manager to 2.1.2. Customers can download it here while Express users can get it here. While a minor update, we have packed into a number of goodies that I want to talk to you about in this blog post.

Because we are the clear-cut leader in terms of extending Active Directory to the widest range of operating systems, mobile devices and applications, the first thing I wanted to highlight is the new platform support we added. Support has been added for the following new operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8, 6.2 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 5.8, 6.2 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Scientific Linux 5.7 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Fedora 17 (32- and 64-bit)
  • CentOS 5.7, 6.1, 6.2 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Mandriva Enterprise Server 5 (32- and 64- bit)
  • VMWare VIMA vsphere 5
  • Linux Mint 12 (32- and 64- bit)
  • Solaris 11 (x86_64 and SPARC)

If you count the number of *nixes, we support, we are nearing 400 — in fact my count has us at 384 flavors of UNIX, Linux and Mac that we integrate into Active Directory. Click here and select "Details" to see the 384 rows (ie platforms) of AD Bridging we offer. Nothing even comes close to this wide range of platform support.

And to commemorate our support for the Linux Mint operating system — which in fact represents the first commercial AD Bridge solution to officially support Linux Mint — we are also pleased to have signed up as a sponsor of Linux Mint project. As a sponsor we get a little ad on the home page which you can see in the lower right hand corner of this screenshot.

Linux Mint

We have also added a bunch of new features for our industry leading Mac OS X support. Lance McAndrew, our resident Centrify Apple Guy, has posted a few blogs on what we have added. The first blog discusses how we added FIPS 140-2 Support, improvements to our ADJoin utility, and new Macs apps added including a password expiration checker whose output you can see below.

Password expiration checker

In his second blog post on our enhanced Mac support as part of Suite 2012.2, Lance talks about our improvements in our Mac Smart Card support (e.g. CAC, PIV, etc.). The main new capability is the addition of a cool new Smart Card application which you can see below.

New Mac Smart Card application

Finally, in his third and final blog on our new Mac capabilities, Lance talks about the improvements we made when it comes to the performance of .local domain support. One tweeter was quite impressed with what we did!

Feedback for improving the performance of .local domain support

Thanks for the feedback!

Finally we have also updated our open source utilities we provide, namely OpenSSH, Samba and PuTTY. The optional OpenSSH we provide is based on 5.9p1 OpenSSH in this release. Centrify Samba has been updated to support Samba 3.5.11. And Centrify PuTTY has been updated with the latest open source PuTTY 0.62 release and adds all new features delivered in that release. Please note that PuTTY 0.62 contains a security fix that it no longer retains passwords in memory. In addition to PuTTY bug fixes, this release features various PuTTY Group Policies that we added.

If you are a Centrify Express user, you can get the majority of all these new features today — and for free! Customers can download it here from our Support Portal.

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