Does the deprecation of Microsoft Services for UNIX have any impact on Centrify Express?
05-03-2018 01:57 PM
I'm currently running some Linux Centrify Express clients in a Microsoft Server 2012 R2 Active Directory forest that is running at Server 2008 R2 functional level. Years ago Microsoft Services for UNIX was installed when we we still running Server 2003 R2 and the AD schema was extended. Given that that SFU is deprecated in Server 2012 R2 and no longer available in Server 2016, does that have any impact upon Centrify Express or Centrify Server Suite clients? Our AD domain admins claim that since the schema was extended, that's all we really need from them to continue integrating Linux/UNIX systems into AD.
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05-03-2018 02:30 PM
Given that that SFU is deprecated in Server 2012 R2 and no longer available in Server 2016, does that have any impact upon Centrify Express or Centrify Server Suite clients?
Nah, you should be fine. Note that even Windows Server 2012 R2 has reached EoL. We are busy tackling some of the challenges of the newest AD version (2016) like shadow groups, expiring links, etc.
Also, since you are using it in Workstation Mode (e.g. Express) in which every principal (user or group) has an identity and every user is able to log in; we don't store any information in AD; we generate UNIX identity on the fly at the agent level. That's why that type of mode is not suitable for medium to large enterprises. That's where the commercial version shines.
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