Architecture and basic operations

This section provides an overview of the Centrify architecture and the components for Windows and non-Windows computers. It also describes the basic flow of operation when users log in or access applications, and what happens when an Active Directory domain controller goes down.

The following topics are covered:

The information in this section is not required for planning a deployment. It is intended as background information that can help you understand the authentication and authorization process in some detail. If you want to proceed directly to planning the deployment, you can skip this section.