Preparing your current environment

Before you install and configure Centrify for Apache package, you should check the local host environment to confirm the following:

  • If you are using Active Directory or Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) you have installed and configured for your Windows environment and the target users have accounts on the Active Directory domain controller or AD FS identity store.
  • If you want to authenticate UNIX users against local accounts in addition to, or instead of, against Active Directory, use a Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM). (You specify the service when you configure the Apache directives.)
  • You have checked the supported operating environments and system requirements in the Centrify for Web Applications Release Notes and verified that the Centrify for Web Applications module can be installed in the local operating environment.
  • If you plan to use Active Directory Federation Services for Apache-based applications, the Apache server must run with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) configured.

    Note:   SSL is not required for Active Directory authentication. However, it increases security because it encrypts the user’s credentials when using BASIC authentication.

  • You have appropriate permissions to install the package in the host platform.
  • You have installed the Centrify Agent for *NIX and the local computer has joined an Active Directory domain. (You can confirm that the Centrify Agent for *NIX is installed and the computer has joined a domain by typing adinfo on the command line on the Linux or UNIX computer.)
  • Note:   Be sure to consult the Centrify for Apache and Centrify Authentication Service, Privilege Elevation Service, and Audit & Monitoring Service release notes for information about supported platforms and other details.