Centrify stores UNIX identity data and Centrify zone data in Active Directory, without modifying or extending the standard Active Directory schema. Centrify stores UNIX account profiles in standard text properties in an existing Active Directory object. This data model can be used with the default Active Directory schema or with any standard schema extension provided by Microsoft. Zones and their properties are stored in the same manner, using standard text properties in an existing Active Directory object.
The default data storage model and Centrify zones enable a single Active Directory user account to be associated with any number of unique UNIX profiles that a user may have across your environment. These UNIX profiles can have unique UIDs, GIDs, home directories, and preferred shells on one or more different UNIX systems.