Microsoft Group Policy for Mac OS X

Posted by spy on June 7 2006, 6:09 PM. Posted in Group Policies.

Centrify has announced a new solution that enables IT managers to centrally secure and configure Mac OS X systems through Microsoft Group Policy. DirectControl allows IT professionals to use the same desktop lockdown and configuration management tools that they use for their Windows environment, to improve security and to centrally set policy and perform bulk configuration of Mac OS X systems. Centrify also announced today that Centrify DirectControl now supports Mac OS X on Intel-based systems, in addition to its current support for Mac OS X on PowerPC. DirectControl's Mac OS X group policies help IT managers increase desktop security by enforcing password locks on screensavers, setting and managing firewall settings, locking down system preferences, controlling energy-saver functions, controlling Internet sharing settings, and providing a range of other management functions. Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X pricing begins at $50 per desktop or workstation and $300 per server."Microsoft is pleased that Centrify is extending Microsoft Group Policy across heterogeneous environments," said Michael Dennis, Lead Program Manager, Group Policy, of Microsoft. "Enabling the Macintosh for Group Policy is an idea whose time has come," said Jeremy Moskowitz, author, instructor, Group Policy MVP, and owner of, a web-based Group Policy Resource Center. "This advance will go a long way toward ensuring that all computers in a department receive similarly standardized settings."Continue at source