Likewise Enterprise 5.0 Delivers Enhanced Compliance and Controls for Authentication across Mixed Networks

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Structured event logs and new reporting and auditing features provide enhanced views for compliance and system optimization.

Likewise® Software, the leader in delivering open source audit and authentication solutions for mixed networks, today announced the release of Likewise Enterprise 5.0, the company's flagship enterprise software solution that allows seamless integration of Linux, Unix and Mac systems with Microsoft Active Directory. Version 5.0 includes a number of compliance enhancements, industry leading flexibility for identity mapping, and support for Active Directory-based NIS maps. Likewise Enterprise delivers comprehensive control of user and system authentication for companies using a variety of operating system platforms and identity management solutions.

Likewise Enterprise allows organizations to provide users with a single username and password for Windows and non-Windows systems. The latest version is based on Likewise Identity Service (LWIS), the next generation authentication engine, and provides enhanced capabilities and integration for Mac OS X-based computers, allowing Mac system administrators to manage Microsoft Active Directory from a Mac OS-based machine, and perform policy editing using familiar Mac tools via Likewise Administrative Console (LAC). Other enhancements to 5.0 include the following:

  •     Structured event logs - Secure and RPC-based, feature a fully query-able event database, support uploading events to collector and to centralized database, and are configurable through group policy.
  •     Reporting and auditing - Enhanced reporting capabilities based upon MS SQL Reporting Services support "local" reports or centralized reporting. Users can produce reports on Active Directory and event log-based data, and the centralized reporting supports security, report subscriptions and report archival.
  •     Support for Active Directory-based NIS maps - Generates a Windows automation script to associate Unix UIDs and GIDs with Active Directory users and groups
  •     Industry leading flexibility for identity mapping via cells and operation modes - Allows custom mapping of an AD-user to a set of Unix attributes and provides users with different primary and second group memberships on different machines

"The enhancements we made to Likewise Enterprise will provide our customers even better control over their authentication process and policies," said Barry Crist, CEO of Likewise Software. "Likewise Enterprise 5.0 gives users the ability to further leverage and protect their current infrastructure by administering authentication and access policies for all users from a centralized location making it easier to find the information needed to meet regulatory requirements and standards such as PCI and Sarbanes Oxley."

"Today's enterprise networks are a diverse collection of resources that all need to work together," said Kevin Kampman, senior analyst, Burton Group. "Solutions that enable flexibility without limiting choices are a prerequisite for successful environments. Microsoft, Apple, Linux and Unix can all work together; while management can be accomplished from a single point of administration. Users can select the appropriate capabilities; the organization benefits from a unifying platform."

Likewise Software will be demonstrating its software at LinuxWorld Expo booth #1340, August 5-7, 2008.

Organizations can request a free evaluation copy of Likewise Enterprise 5.0 at or by calling 800.378.1330. Likewise Enterprise is priced at $249 per server license and $49 per workstation license.

About Likewise® Software
Likewise® Software provides identity management solutions designed to improve security and operational efficiencies and help achieve regulatory compliance in mixed network environments. Likewise Open allows large organizations to securely authenticate Linux, Unix and Mac systems with a unified directory such as Microsoft Active Directory. Likewise Enterprise includes all of the core authentication technology that comes with Likewise Open, plus world-class migration, group policy, audit and reporting modules.

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