Deploying group policies to UNIX computers

Centrify provides group policy templates for managing UNIX and Linux computers. The group policies are centrally managed through the Group Policy Management Editor, but modify configuration settings on the managed computers where they are applied. This mechanism allows you to manage the group policy settings from a single location and have them applied on remote UNIX and Linux computers.

To illustrate how to configure and apply group policies, you will create a Group Policy Object for the Centrify organizational unit.

To load and apply group policies for UNIX and Linux computers

  1. Open the Group Policy Management utility (gpmc.msc) and expand your evaluation domain.
  2. Right-click the Centrify organizational unit, and select Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.
  3. Type a name for the new GPO (UNIX policies), then click OK.
  4. Expand the Centrify organizational unit, right-click the GPO, then select Edit.
  5. Expand the Computer Configuration > Policies node and select Centrify Settings.
  6. Right-click and select Add/Remove Templates
  7. Click Add and select all of the templates listed, click Open, then click OK.

    This step adds both computer and user group policies under the Centrify Settings node. Expand Centrify Settings to explore the specific policies available. You can click the Explain tab for any group policy to see more information about what it does. The remainder of this section illustrates how you would enable and configure a few simple policies for Centrify-managed. You should note that all policies—including Centrify group policies—are “Not configured” by default.