Getting started with Safeguard Authentication Services
Once you have successfully installed Safeguard Authentication Services, you will want to learn how to do some basic system administration tasks.
Safeguard Authentication Services consists of plugins, extensions, security modules, and utilities spread across nearly every operating system imaginable. The Control Center pulls those parts together and provides a single place for you to find the information and resources you need.
Control Center installs on Windows and is a great starting place for new users to get comfortable with some of Safeguard Authentication Services' capabilities.
You can launch the Control Center from the Start menu or by double-clicking the desktop icon, or by double-clicking the Control Center application file from %SystemDrive% :\Program Files (x86)\Quest Software\Authentication Services.
Table 10: Control Center: Navigation links
The Welcome page provides information about how to use the Control Center tools and features.
||The Control Center provides the ability to search on Active Directory Group Policy Objects that have Unix and macOS settings defined. Also provides links to edit these GPOs and run reports that show the detailed settings of the Group Policy Objects.|
||The Control Center provides links to additional tools and resources available with Safeguard Authentication Services. A great starting place for anyone new to the product.|
The Control Center allows you to centrally manage the default values generated by the various Safeguard Authentication Services management tools, including the ADUC snap-in, the PowerShell cmdlets, and the Unix command-line tools.
|Log into remote host
||The Control Center provides a simple SSH client (built on PuTTY) for remote access to Unix systems; simplifies new installs from having to find and install a separate PuTTY client.|
To run the Control Center, you must be logged in as a domain user. To make changes to global settings, you must have rights in Active Directory to create, delete, and modify objects in the Safeguard Authentication Services configuration area of Active Directory.
Microsoft Group Policy provides excellent policy-based configuration management tools for Windows. Group Policy allows you to manage Unix resources in much the same way. Group Policy allows you to consolidate configuration management tasks by using the Group Policy functionality of Microsoft Windows Server to manage Unix operating systems and Unix application settings.
To open Group Policy, click Group Policy on the left navigation panel of the Safeguard Authentication Services Control Center.
To filter the list of GPOs
- Open the Control Center and click Group Policy on the left navigation pane.
- Expand the Filter Options section.
- Enter all or part of a name to filter the list of GPOs.
- Open the Domain drop-down menu to choose a domain.
Select the Unix Settings or Mac Settings List Only options to further filter the GPO list.
If you select both options, only the GPOs configured for both Unix and macOS display.