"Centrify is proud to deliver support for the newest release of Mac OS X, and we believe this is representative of our continued efforts to make the Mac work seamlessly in the enterprise," said David McNeely, director of product management for Centrify. "With DirectControl, IT managers can continue to use the management tools they are already familiar with Active Directory for authentication and Group Policy for desktop lockdown while Mac users get the platform they prefer."
Centrify DirectControl effectively turns a non-Microsoft server, workstation or device into an Active Directory client, enabling an organization to secure that system using the same authentication, access control and Group Policy services currently deployed for Windows systems. The extensive Group Policy support included in Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X allows organizations to apply the same security standards and enforce the same policies for the Mac as they do for Windows and other platforms. Centrify leads the industry in delivering over 175 Mac-specific Group Policies, which, for example, give IT managers the ability to centrally control system preferences, require a password to unlock a screensaver, or prevent users from installing software or launching specific applications.
Price and Availability
A preview version of Centrify DirectControl supporting Mac OS X Leopard is available now, with general availability in mid-November 2007. Customers with a login account can download it from the Centrify Online Support Portal; those wanting an evaluation version can request one at www.centrify.com/mac/preview. Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X starts at $60 per workstation and $350 per server.