The Centrify Connector is a multipurpose software that enables secure communication between your internal network and Privileged Access Service.
You install the Centrify Connector for the following purposes:
- If you are authenticating Centrify Directory users by using their Active Directory or LDAP account or if you are adding resources and shared accounts to Privileged Access Service.
- Install additional Centrify Connectors for load balancing and failover.
- To integrate your Active Directory/LDAP service with Privileged Access Service, you need to install at least one connector on your network inside of the firewall.
You can install more than one connector for your organization to support fail-over and load balancing. You might also want to install more than one connector if you are using multiple Privileged Access Service services. In most cases, you should install two connectors in a production environment. Centrify determines which connector to use by monitoring connector health and making a random selection with a bias toward healthy connectors.
Industry best practice recommends that you do not install the connector on the same server as the domain controller. Domain controllers are single-purpose systems.
Centrify recommends enabling automatic updates to keep up-to-date with the current version of the connector; however, we understand that in some environments it might not be possible to update software that has gone into production environments. Therefore, Centrify connector installations are supported up to the last two previous versions.