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Safeguard Authentication Services 4.1.3 - Evaluation Guide

One Identity Privileged Access Suite for Unix Introducing One Identity Authentication Services Installing and configuring Authentication Services Getting started with Authentication Services

Management Console for Unix requirements

One Identity recommends that you install One Identity Management Console for Unix, a separate One Identity product which provides a mangement console that is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that dramatically simplifies deployment of Authentication Services agents to your clients. The mangement console streamlines the overall management of your Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X hosts by enabling centralized management of local Unix users and groups and providing granular reports on key data and attributes.

Prior to installing Management Console for Unix, ensure your system meets the minimum hardware and software requirements for your platform.

Table 8: Management Console for Unix: Hardware and software requirements
Component Requirements
Supported Windows Platforms

Can be installed on 32-bit or 64-bit editions of the following configurations:

  • Windows XP SP2 (or later)
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2003 SP1 (or later)
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012

NOTE: When running Management Console for Unix on Windows Server 2008 R2, functioning as a domain controller, the process must be elevated. As a best practice, One Identity does not recommend that you install or run the Windows components on Active Directory domain controllers. The recommended configuration is to install them on an administrative workstation.

NOTE: The performance of some Active Directory searches may be better on:

  • 64bit: Windows Server 2003 64-bit and above
  • 32bit: Windows Server 2003 SP1 + hotfix* or Windows 2003 SP2 (and above)

    (*Click Microsoft Support to read a Microsoft article entitled, "A hotfix is available that improves the performance of programs that query Active Directory for group memberships in Windows Server 2003".

    To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed. Note: The x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003 already include the fixes and features that are included in Windows Server 2003 SP1. If the computer is running an x64-based version of Windows Server 2003, you do not have to install SP1.

Server Requirements

You can install Management Console for Unix on any platform that has 32-bit Sun JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.6.

NOTE: Management Console for Unix is not supported on AIX.

Managed Host Requirements

Click here to view a list of supported Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms that the server can manage; that is, hosts you can add and profile from the mangement console.

NOTE: To use Authentication Services with the mangement console on a Solaris 10 Sparc, you must have Authentication Services or greater.

NOTE: To enable the Management Console for Unix server to interact with the host, you must install both an SSH server (that is, sshd) and an SSH client on each managed host. Both OpenSSH 2.5 (and higher) and Tectia SSH 5.0 (and higher) are supported.

Default memory requirement:

1024 MB

NOTE: See Tune JVM Memory in online help for information about changing the default memory allocation setting in the configuration file.

Supported Web Browsers

The mangement console officially supports the following web browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, and 10
  • Mozilla Firefox 3 and greater
  • Apple Safari 4 (Mac OS X only; Windows not supported)

NOTE: To use specific features such as the SSH to Host feature or the Policy Editors, you must install the Sun JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.6 browser plugin.

NOTE: One Identity recommends that you do not open two sessions of the mangement console in the same browser.

NOTE: One Identity recommends that set your screen resolution to a minimum of 1024 x 768 for the best results.

Network requirements

Authentication Services must be able to communicate with Active Directory including domain controllers, global catalogs and DNS servers using Kerberos, LDAP and DNS protocols. The following table summarizes the network ports that must be open and their function.

Table 9: Network ports
Port Function
389 Used for LDAP searches against Active Directory Domain Controllers. TCP is normally used, but UDP is used when detecting the Active Directory site membership.
3268 Used for LDAP searches against Active Directory Global Catalogs. TCP is always used when searching against the Global Catalog.
88 Used for Kerberos authentication and Kerberos service ticket requests against Active Directory Domain Controllers. TCP is used by default.
464 Used for changing and setting passwords against Active Directory using the Kerberos change password protocol. Authentication Services always uses TCP for password operations.
53 Used for DNS. Since Authentication Services uses DNS to locate domain controllers, DNS servers used by the Unix hosts must serve Active Directory DNS SRV records. Both UDP and TCP are used.
123 UDP only. Used for time-synchronization with Active Directory.
445 CIFS port used to enable the client to retrieve configured group policy.

Note: Authentication Services, by default, operates as a client, initiating connections. It does not require any firewall exceptions for incoming traffic.

Installing and configuring Authentication Services

To extend the authentication, authorization, and administration infrastructure of Active Directory to the rest of your enterprise, allowing Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X systems to act as full citizens within Active Directory, you must install and configure Authentication Services.

This section explains the steps you must take in detail:

  1. Install Management Console for Unix.
  2. Install Authentication Services Windows components.
  3. Configure Active Directory for Authentication Services (one time, only).
  4. Configure Unix Agent Components
    1. Configure the mangement console for Active Directory.
    2. Prepare the Unix hosts for Active Directory user access:
      • Add and profile a host.
      • Check the host for readiness to join Active Directory.
      • Install Authentication Services agent software packages on the host to allow Active Directory user access.

        Note: For users to authenticate on Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X hosts with Active Directory credentials, your Unix hosts must have the Authentication Services agent installed.

      • Join the host to Active Directory.

Install the management console

In preparing for your Authentication Services installation, One Identity recommends that you install Management Console for Unix. This provides a mangement console that is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that dramatically simplifies deployment, enables management of local Unix users and groups, provides granular reports on key data and attributes, and streamlines the overall management of your Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X hosts.

You can install the mangement console on Windows, Unix, or Mac OS X computers. Each hosting platform prompts for similar information.

The following install files are located on the Authentication Services distribution media under mcu | server:

  • - for Unix
  • ManagementConsoleForUnix_windows_2_n_n.exe - for Windows
  • ManagementConsoleForUnix_macos_2_n_n.dmg - for Mac OS X

where "n.n" indicates the product version number.

The Management Console for Unix Administrator’s Guide contains detailed instructions for installing the mangement console on all of these platforms. Use the following procedure to install the console on a supported Windows platform from the Authentication Services 4.1 distribution media.

Of course, you can install Authentication Services without using Management Console for Unix. You can find those instructions in the Installing and Joining from the Unix Command Line section of the Authentication Services Installation Guide, located in Control Center Tools view or in the docs directory of the installation media. However, for the purposes of the examples in this guide, it is assumed that you will install and configure Authentication Services Unix agent components by means of Management Console for Unix.

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