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PowerBroker Servers Protects Root Password

Posted June 22, 2011    Peter McCalister

An IT outsourcing company (responsible for integrating the IT systems for one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies) was tasked with managing its clients’ critical SAP/Oracle-based environment. The company committed to creating and maintaining a controlled and secure environment for the client, however this endeavor was wrought with challenges.

In order for the goal to be successful, users needed to be able to do their jobs and access necessary applications (which require admin rights) while being denied access to other unauthorized tasks at the same time. Previously users were running with generic administrator accounts, with the root password open for use. The companywas looking for a solution that could allow required applications to run while protecting the root password.

This is where BeyondTrust comes in. PowerBroker Servers not only provided answers to the challenges the company faced in managing their client’s environment, but it also offered additinoal capabilities to ease support and strengthen security. PowerBroker Servers provides selective delegation of UNIX administrative privilege for users without providing full root access, in addition to managing privileges and applications.

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Posted May 20, 2015    Randy Franklin Smith

What if you have multiple Linux and/or Unix systems? Sudo management can become onerous and unwieldy if you try to manage a different sudoers file on each system. The good news is that sudo supports multiple systems.

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What Does Microsoft Local Administrator Password Solution Really Do?

Posted May 19, 2015    Morey Haber

LAPS is a feature that allows the randomization of local administrator accounts across the domain. Although it would seem that this capability overlaps with features in BeyondTrust’s PowerBroker Password Safe (PBPS), the reality is it is more suited for simple use cases such as changing the local Windows admin account and not much more.

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On Demand Webinar: Securing Windows Server with Security Compliance Manager

Posted May 14, 2015    BeyondTrust Software

On Demand Webinar: Security Expert Russell Smith, explains how to use Microsoft’s free Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool to create and deploy your own security baselines, including user and computer authentication settings.

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