This article walks through the steps to back up and migrate a Report Services database to a new server.

 

In most instances, because the data in the Report Services database is not live data, it is easier to rerun the Report Services Installer, do a fresh install of Report Services, create a new db instance on a new SQL server, and then resync the data.

 

In the rare occurrence that a new database cannot be installed and resynced, below are the steps that can be used to back up, migrate, and restore the Report Services to a new SQL server.

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This article walks you through the basic configuration of setting up B2B federation from Azure AD to the Centrify Privilege Service. The benefit is that users can authenticate with Azure AD and then be granted access to Centrify Privilege Service where their authorizations can be controlled separately. 

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This article walks through the configurations for controlling which privileged accounts users can see in the Centrify Admin Portal. A common use case would be to grant developers or third party vendors access to the privileged accounts they are only allowed to use.

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This article walks through the configurations for controlling which server(s) or network appliance(s) users can see in the Centrify Admin Portal's list of Systems. A common use case would be to grant developers or third party vendors access to only the system(s) they are allowed to see, and without exposing all the other system names in your environment.

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This article will show you how Centrify can enable Linux to accept Google credentails for login, without having to add users locally. 

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This article introduces the concept of B2B federation from Azure AD to Centrify Privilege Service and why some businesses are choosing this form of federation. 

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Working With Keytabs

By Centrify Contributor II on ‎07-09-2018 02:10 PM

Learn the basics of Kerberos and how keytabs can be created, with examples for common scenarios.

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A DirectManage Audit 3.x installation typically creates and deals with two types of databases i.e. an Audit Server database (also known as the Management database) and Audit Store database. The Audit Server database stores DirectManage Audit 3.x application specific settings whereas the Audit Store database is used to store the actual audited user sessions. A typical DirectManage Audit 3.x installation consists of one Audit Server database and one or more Audit Store database(s).

 

In a nutshell, here are the steps involved when migrating database from one database server to another:

 

Step 1  - Stop all the collectors

 

Step 2  - Take backup of existing databases (optional but recommended)

 

Step 3 -  Detach the existing databases and attach them to the new database server

 

Step 4  -  Ensure that CLR integration is enabled on the new database server and login for NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM exists on the server

 

Step 5  -  Restore the TRUSTWORTHY flag and owner of the database

 

Step 6  - Modify the newly attached Audit Server database

 

Step 7 -  Restoring connection between Audit Server database and Audit Store database

 

Step 8  -  Update the database entries in Active Directory

 

Step 9  -  Start all the collectors

 

Attached document explains in details each step above should be taken in case if database migration is inevitable in order to keep the impact on the DirectManage Audit system as minimal as possible.

 

How to:
Centrify provides the following scripts to enable/disable debug logging:

  • Centrify Agent for Linux:  /usr/share/centrifycc/bin/cdebug
  • DirectControl:  /usr/share/centrifydc/bin/addebug
  • DirectAudit: /usr/sbin/dadabug

Enable debugging in journald environment

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Using the IS-CPS Bulk Import Tool

By Centrify ‎06-27-2018 04:09 PM

This article describes the basic steps to obtain and configure the necessary tools used to import objects into the privilege service vault. This feature was added in Centrify Privilege Service 18.4 and allows admins to import systems, domains, databases and their accounts. This is a powershell module that will be released in github.

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In the documentation for Centrify Report Services, it mentions setting up permissions in SSRS for user accounts that need to access Report Services to view (Report Viewer) and write (Report Writer) reports. 

 

This article goes over the section for "Required SSRS permissions" (Report Admin, Report Viewer, Report Writer)

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This blog goes over the Regular Expression, or REGEX for short, when creating a new command. Some tips and things to watch out for when using REGEX commands. 

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A Centrify Connector on an AWS private subnet allows you to:

  • Gain better accountability of who is accessing the private subnet,
  • Apply role-base access to the private subnet,
  • Password vault local and domain service accounts being used in the private subnet,
  • Provide MFA login for Windows or Linux servers
  • Integrate with an Active Directory domain that is associated with the private subnet, 
  • Provide MFA for other AWS services such as AWS Workspaces. 

This article will go over the AWS and Centrify configurations you will need to use a Centrify Connector on an AWS private subnet.

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How to allow users to log into a remote Linux machine via SSH, using Active Directory credentials that require smart card authentication

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This TechBlog describes how to create a scheduled task that will automatically rotate the Centrify Auditing database on the first day of each month. You can easily modify the command outlined to suit your requirements.

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How to configure the integration between Infrastructure Service (Auditing and Monitoring Service) and Splunk

Part2 - Integration between Infrastructure Service (Auditing and Monitoring Service) and Splunk

 

Summary
The configuration of a profile will be made to start the recordings of the sessions from the elevation of privileges and the integration will be made with splunk so that the auditing sessions can be viewed directly from the Splunk Portal.

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Como configurar la integración entre Infrastructure Service (Auditing and Monitoring Service) y Splunk

Parte2 - Configuración de integración entre Infrastructure Service (Auditing and Monitoring Service) y Splunk

Resumen
Se realizará la configuración de un perfil para iniciar las grabaciones de las sesiones a partir de la elevación de privilegios y se realizará la integración con splunk de forma que se puedan visualizar las sesiones de auditoria directamente desde el Portal de Splunk.
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Centrify Infrastructure Services (Privilege Access Service) has the ability to store secrets. These secrets can be free-form text or files (currently up to 5mb in size). 

 

There will be use cases where the contents of these secrets need to be programmatically accessed EG from inside an application or as part of orchestration/DevOps processes. 

 

By leveraging Centrify's OAuth2 authorization framework, this article will describe how to configure OAuth2 to enable a PowerShell script to obtain the contents of a text-based secret from the Centrify platform.

 

However, it does not stop there. Using this methodology (Oauth2 apps & scopes) and the example script as a base, any programmatic call to the Centrify Identity Platform required for automation may be achieved. Including writing objects such as systems, shared accounts, secrets ETC. Pretty much everything that can be done via the portal can be automated/configured programmatically. 

 

Whilst this example is in PowerShell any compliant code can leverage this methodology (Java, C#, Go ETC). For example, I have Python code to run SQL queries against the Centrify Identity Platform from LINUX, but that's for another post Smiley Happy

 

For more detail on the Centrify Identity Platform API's see https://developer.centrify.com

Bed Time reading on OAuth2 : https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6749

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My latest Eval Setup videos for the newly released Centrify Infrastructure Services 2018.

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Learn the basic of Microsoft Red Forest and how Centrify can be used to provide a more effective security strategy.

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[How to] Integration between Infrastructure Service (Auditing and Monitoring Service) and Splunk

Part1 - Start session recording when performing privilege elevation
 
Summary
We will made the configuration of a profile to start the recordings of the sessions from the elevation of privileges and the Splunk integration with Infrastructure Service (Auditing and Monitoring Service) so the auditing sessions can be viewed directly from the Splunk Portal.

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Como configurar la integración entre Infrastructure Service (Auditing and Monitoring Service) y Splunk
Parte1 - Iniciar grabación de sesiones al realizar elevación de privilegios 
Resumen
Se realizará la configuración de un perfil para iniciar las grabaciones de las sesiones a partir de la elevación de privilegios y se realizará la integración con Splunk de forma que se puedan visualizar las sesiones de auditoria directamente desde el Portal de Splunk.
 
 
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 Today we are going to use two Centrify GPOs to create a custom krb5.conf file and distribute it to our Unix/Linux systems:

ComputerConfiguration -> Policies -> CentrifySettings -> Common UNIX Settings -> "Copy files"

ComputerConfiguration -> Policies -> CentrifySettings -> DirectControlSettings -> "Add centrifydc.conf properties"

 

 

Step 1

Our first action is to create the

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End-users are seeking modern ways to interact with IT and other shared services groups across their organization. They look for self help — where they can get secure access to apps, manage their own passwords, search for known apps or servers, request access to services that they need. IT-users need to automate tasks like account provisioning and password resets, and manage privileged access to on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure. Centrify’s identity management integrations with ServiceNow help automate processes, improve visibility, and provide a better experience for ServiceNow end-users and privileged IT-users.

 

Do you want to enable just-in-time privilege for your administration to infrastructure? Do you want to tie back the access to a valid service ticket in the workflow system of record (servicenow)? 

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Multi-factor authentication (MFA) at OS login provides an extra layer of protection and helps to meet compliance for regulations such as PCI DSS 3.2, NIST 800-171, 23 NYCRR 500, and more. Centrify enables the ability to prompt for MFA at console or ssh login. This article will walk you through the steps to enable users to log into Linux and UNIX systems with Active Directory credentials and prompted for multi-factor authentication.

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Before you join a computer to AD, there are three things to check:

  • DNS settings
  • Computer name
  • Network communication between the Linux/UNIX system and Active Directory domain controller(s)
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Centrify Infrastructure Services (Privilege Service) can securely store account and password combinations for local accounts.

 

 In a break glass scenario, an authorized user can checkout a password using the Centrify mobile app.

The password can subsequently be checked in manually or automatically after a set period of time and potentially rotated if it is a managed password.

 

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[How to] Force Kerberos SSH Authentication, and Disable SSH Public Key Authentication

By Centrify on ‎03-26-2018 12:31 PM - last edited ‎04-04-2018 02:18 PM

Joining Linux and UNIX machines to an Active Directory domain with Centrify Infrastructure Services has countless benefits, not the least of which is the ability to do away with SSH Public Key authentication. There are several good reasons to discontinue the use of SSH Keys. For a complete list of all of them, please reference the NIST Internal Report 7966.

 

I can save you some dry reading, and summarize it like this. If improperly managed, the use of SSH Keys can present a massive security risk. Even if every measure is taken to properly manage them, SSH key provisioning is still prone to human error, and after all, UNIX admins are only human.

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[How to] Configure Centrify to use Microsoft Authenticator for MFA

By Centrify Advisor IV on ‎03-23-2018 05:08 PM - last edited ‎04-03-2018 11:53 AM

Centrify support OATH OTP clients for multi-factor authentication such as Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator, Centrify's mobile app and more. Centrify can use OATH OTP for

  • self-service AD password reset,
  • web application access,
  • VPN,
  • computer login (Windows, Linux and UNIX),
  • privilege elevation (Windows, Linux and UNIX),
  • privilege password checkout,
  • and more.

This article will walk through the steps to configure Centrify and Microsoft Authenticator for multi-factor authentication. 

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Using the adlicense command to change/fix the license type on Linux desktops and (possibly) correct License Reports within Centrify Infrastructure Services.

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