A new tool for system administrators running heterogenous mixed networks has debuted, DirectControl.

Centrify Corporation, a provider of Microsoft Active Directory-based access control and identity management solutions, has announced its solution that enables IT managers to centrally secure and configure Mac OS X systems through Microsoft Group Policy.

DirectControl lets administrators use the same desktop lockdown and configuration management tools that they use for their Windows environment to manage security on Mac OS X systems. It helps them set standard security settings across mixed networks.

The solution's Mac OS X Group Policy security settings help IT managers increase security by enforcing password locks on screensavers, setting and managing firewalls, locking down system preferences, controlling energy-saver functions, controlling Internet sharing settings, and providing a range of other management functions. It also lets admins set user and group access rights, for example.

The Centrify DirectControl suite consists of the DirectControl Agent (which sits on a managed computer) and DirectControl Management Tools (which administrators use). The DirectControl Agent enables a Unix, Linux or Mac OS X computer to join an Active Directory domain and provides comprehensive Active Directory services for that system.

Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X pricing costs from $50 per desktop or workstation and $300 per server.

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