For many companies, centralized policy management and configuration control is just as important as centralized identity management. With Server Suite, you can apply group policy settings from Active Directory to the non-Windows computers and UNIX users.
Evaluating existing policy settings
If you have applied any domain-wide policies in the Active Directory forest, you should review what the policy settings are and where they are enforced for Windows-based computers. You should then evaluate which policy settings, if any, are applicable for computers running UNIX, Linux, or Mac OS X operating systems. For example, most organizations establish a policy for password complexity. You can view your current password policy settings by clicking Domain Security Policy under Administrative Tools to open the Default Domain Security Settings, then select Password Policy.
If you enable any password policy settings for the domain, they automatically apply to UNIX users and managed computers because Active Directory uses these settings when authenticating users. If you enable or change any of the default domain policy settings, you should consider how they affect UNIX users and computers. For information about the standard Windows group policies that apply for UNIX, see the Group Policy Guide.
Adding Centrify-specific group policies to a GPO
You can add Centrify-specific configuration settings to any Group Policy Object applied to any site, domain, or organizational unit in the Active Directory forest. You can then manage the specific policies enabled and settings applied centrally through the Group Policy Object Editor on Windows.
Each GPO can consist of configuration information that applies to computers, configuration information that applies to users, or sections of policy that apply specifically either to users or to computers. You link a GPO to an Active Directory organizational unit, domain, or site. Windows then applies the policy settings based on an established hierarchical order.
The Centrify-specific group policy settings available for users and groups are defined separate administrative templates (.adm or .xml files) that can be added to any GPO. If you enable any of the policy settings, they are written to a virtual registry on the UNIX computer. The Centrify Agent then runs a set of local mapping programs that read the virtual registry and modify local configuration files to implement the setting defined by the group policy. You can also create your own custom administrative template and mapper programs to implement custom group policies.
For more detailed information about creating and managing Centrify-specific group policies, see the Group Policy Guide and Active Directory documentation.