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Quest Introduces New Identity And Authentication Tools

The free Identity Manager for Unix makes it easier to manage users and groups across Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X systems, while Quest Authentication Services brings those systems into an Active Directory infrastructure.

The free Identity Manager for Unix makes it easier to manage users and groups across Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X systems, while Quest Authentication Services brings those systems into an Active Directory infrastructure.Quest Software, a longtime systems and network management solutions provider, last week launched the free Quest Identity Manager for Unix to support Unix-based (including Linux and Mac OS X) users and groups. With the tool, administrators can use a central management console to set up or delete user accounts across multiple systems, change passwords, and generate reports on accounts and groups. The management console is browser-based and can be run from any platform, including Windows.

Among other functions, the Identity Manager can determine whether managed systems can support Active Directory bridging -- i.e., being made "full citizens" in a Microsoft Active Directory-based network environment. For those that can, Quest has introduced a new version of its Authentication Services package. The new version enables a one-time password authentication, lets administrators monitor changes to Unix data stored in Active Directory, and includes the Identity Manager administrative console. Version 4.0 also updates its OS X Group Policy features to support those in Snow Leopard.

Quest Identity Manager, as mentioned, is free and can be downloaded here. Quest Authentication Services costs $37 per Active Directory user plus $325 for each Unix/Linux/OS X server joined to Active Directory. A trial version is available here.

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