Ever stayed up late at night dreaming of how awesome it would be to implement RADIUS in your environment?  Maybe that's a stretch...  But, before you wrestle with your VPN, try setting up a simple test configuration to get a feel for how it all works.  Look no further, because this blog will help you do just that!


We will cover how to secure FortiGate Administrator access using Centrify MFA. We will be using an Active Directory user that is federated to Centrify to log in to a FortiGate as an Admin user and prompted for MFA at both CLI and Web GUI login.


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

Part1 - Start session recording when performing privilege elevation
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.


Como configurar la integración entre Infrastructure Service (Auditing and Monitoring Service) y Splunk
Parte1 - Iniciar grabación de sesiones al realizar elevación de privilegios 
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.

1. Login to the Centrify Admin Portal.

2. Go to Core Services > Policies.

3. Edit an existing policy by clicking on the name of the policy or create one.


4. Go to Endpoint Policies > Common Mobile Settings and click on Common. By default, it is set to "Yes" and you will be able to see Passcodes on an Enrolled device.







5. If you want to disable the “Passcodes” you will need to select No in the “Show "Passcodes" interface in the mobile apps and the user portal”.



6. When it is set to “No” you will not be able to see Passcodes once the policies are updated on the device.




 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


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)? 



  1. Log into the Centrify Admin Portal.
  2. Go to Core Services > Policies.
  3. Edit an existing policy by clicking on the name of the policy or create one.


  1. Go to Endpoint Policies > Device Enrollment Settings, then select Yes in the “Show welcome screen on enrollment drop down”. By default, it is set to Yes.



  1. Go to Settings > Endpoints > Endpoint Customization, then check the box on the left of “Specify unique welcome message for supported languages.”



  1. Below will show a number of message for supported languages. By default, each welcome message for different language will state “This welcome text and logo can be configured by visiting https://(tenant).my.centrify.com/manage, under 'Settings'.



  1. You can edit the welcome message by clicking on a language. After any change click the Save button.



8. When you enroll a device that is listed as one of the languages from the table it will show the welcome message that is attached to the language. Below shows a phone that is set in Spanish and English.



As customers move more and more to the cloud, many customers are leveraging AWS Workspaces as a Desktop as a Service Solution (DaaS) to provide end users access to corporate resources at any time from any where.  Given Workspaces are available to anyone, from anywhere, a key consideration to moving to AWS Workspaces, is of course Security. 


AWS Workspaces can be configured to require Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to add a layer of protection to a user name and password (the first “factor”) by requiring users to enter an authentication code (the second factor), which can be provided by a virtual or hardware MFA solution.


There are two ways to do this.  


Option 1) Use Centrify Endpoint Services.  @Robertson in this article covered how to use the Centrify agent to enforce strong workspace level security with Centrify's Endpoint Services solution to deliver:

  • Access control using Centrify Zone technology
  • Strong Authentication with MFA at login, screen lockout or remote desktop
  • Privilege Elevation for application or administrative desktop

This is the most secure option.


Option 2) Use Centrify's MFA service with AWS Radius support to require MFA before accessing AWS Workspaces


In this howto, we will focus on option 2.  





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.


As Infrastructure and Application Development continue to converge in a Dev Ops world, container technology is being heavily adopted by organizations.  As a trusted security partner, Centrify customers and prospects are asking how can Centrify secure this new dynamic container based eco system? 


@David covered in his article how Centrify can control both access and privileges across a containerized ecosystem with the Centrify Identity Platform.  This blog will showcase several of those best practices using Github and DockerHub published resources. 


Administrators today are implementing MFA in earnest, and often come across some instances where the "out of the box" options just will not do it. Sometimes, a user may ask to use his personal email address instead of corporate mail to log in.


Learn how to protect Office 365 accounts from brute force attacks and prevent account lock outs. This article will show you how to use password-less authentication to prevent AD account lockouts and distracting MFA notifications caused by brute force attacks.


This article will explain how to set up Citrix StoreFront AD authentication with Centrify using SAML


This article will help you set up a second factor of authentication to your Citrix StoreFront portal using Centrify Application Services


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)

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.



This Tech blog article will guide you through the process of using Centrify Multifactor authentication for Pulse Secure VPN access. At the end of this article you will be in a postion to deploy the Pulse Secure Connect virtual VPN appliance using Centrify strong authentication for your remote users.




[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.


[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. 


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


IT infrastructure leads have the need to perform automation activities beyond what's exposed in the  graphical user interface.  This post discusses (with an example) how we can leverage the Centrify Developers site, the Centrify PowerShell Samples, novice scripting ability and  and a bit of infrastructure knowledge to automate this task:  interactively populate a system set with computers with an Active Directory OU.


Centrify Education Services has released two new courses:


Configuring Centrify Platform for Radius MFA support for Symantec Validation and Identity Protection (VIP).


There are several pre-requisites required to set this up in your environment.


  1. Access to a working instance of the Symantec VIP service (VIP Authentication Service.
  2. Access to a Centrify Environment, for this technical tutorial we will be primarily using Centrify Application Services.
  3. Centrify Connector installed.
  4. A Symantec VIP Enterprise Gateway setup to communicate from your network to the Symantec VIP service. In this guide, I set this up on a Windows 2012 server using Symantec VIP Enterprise Gateway 9.8.
  5. Ensure you have the appropriate ports/firewalls configured for network communication to occur between the different components of this integration.

In this blog post we outline how you can enroll a new Windows Server system (on prem or IaaS) to Centrify Infrastructure Services.  This lab entry covers:

  • Enroll a Windows system in Infrastructure Service
  • Apply local settings, policy or permissions
  • Add the Windows instance to a system set.

We'll illustrate with Amazon AWS but the building-blocks can be used on premises or with any other IaaS provider like Microsoft's Azure or Google's GCP.


FIDO U2F (Fast IDentity Online Universal 2nd Factor) is an authentication standard hosted by FIDO Alliance (https://fidoalliance.org/) that uses USB or NFC devices based on similar security technology to those found in smart cards (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_2nd_Factor).


FIDO U2F provides a fast and convenient authentication mechanism for authenticating to web applications using multi factor authentication (MFA) with Centrify Application Services


Note: FIDO U2F is designed for web application authentication and should not be used for Server or Workstation authentication.




Beef up your Phone-call based MFA with Centrify

By Centrify Contributor II on ‎02-22-2018 07:43 PM - last edited ‎02-23-2018 11:00 AM

MFA is becoming a necessity these days and Centrify makes it easy for you to deploy “MFA Everywhere”. You can support authentication factors like phone-call, SMS, Push notification, Yubikey, FIDO U2F, Smartcards, OATH OTP, and the list goes on. For many of these authentication mechanisms, your user’s can simply leverage their own smartphone. But what if some of your users don’t have smartphones? Can you convince your CIO to purchase and manage hardware tokens? Many organizations want to get away from the overhead of managing tokens. You can see why MFA using a good old-fashioned phone call is a good option for these types of scenarios. The concept is easy, first, the user registers his/her phone number in the self-service portal. Then, at authentication time, the user confirms the receipt of a phone call to his/her mobile device by pressing the # or * key (in addition to another knowledge-based factor). There you go, 2 factors of authentication completed. But there’s a catch.


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