Engineering has been working hard on this release for several months, and we’re pleased to post its availability today. They’ve put in a lot of tweaks and improvements based on customer feedback, and I know some of you will find these to be very welcome enhancements.
We added support for new clients, too, including RHEL 7, OLE 7, and Windows Server Core. That last one is something I think it going to be increasingly important for those with Windows Server deployments.
Here’s a bit on some of the new enhancements. We added a way to search for audited user sessions based on the time someone ran a particular command, which makes it easier to ensure regulatory compliance. It’s also a nice enhancement to help find the root cause of trouble ticket issues. We added a (much-requested) feature to Deployment Manager, to give you an option to store credentials permanently or just for the current session. Some of you need this to align with your organization’s security policies when you use Deployment Manager to install new clients or manage parts of your deployment.
You can find a great synopsis of the changes on Centrify’s What’s New page, and of course all the new features are in the readme docs that ship with the product.
Briefly, here are some of the other things Engineering added to the 2014.1 update. These are all based on requests from customers.
- Smart card authentication for CentOS 5.x and 6.x.
- Enhancements to user name mapping
- Improved performance for new Audit Store databases
- Support for new audit scenarios
New client platform support includes:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server Core
- CentOS Linux 7 (64-bit)
- Debian Linux 7.5, 7.6 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Linux Mint 17 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Oracle Linux 7 (64-bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit)
- Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 LTS (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS (32-bit and 64-bit)
We also made some changes to Centrify Express for UNIX/Linux and Centrify Express for Mac. You can find the specific changes in the What’s New in Server Suite 2014.1 page on the Web site, and you can read more about what we changed in Express in Tom Kemp’s blog post on the subject.
We hope you like the new platform support and enhancements in the Centrify Server Suite 2014.1 update!
The PM, product marketing, and Engineering teams are already hard at work on the next feature release of Server Suite, due out in 2015. More on that in future posts…