As you may have already heard, Centrify Identity Service will be upgraded to version 15.5 this weekend (Saturday, June 13th). While this release has several cool new features (like MFA push notifications / responses for Apple Watch; and a handy license summary of consumed / available licenses when provisioning Office 365 through Centrify), let me tell you about a few of the coolest ones here...
New Portal Design
This feature will not take you long to discover, as we have changed the design of all the portals (Cloud Manager and User Portal, as well as CPS) and the help system. We have not changed any functionality, or moved locations of features within the product -- we have simply improved the design. How did we improve it?
- We've given the product a more modern look, and softened the feel with more white space and cleaner lines.
- We've updated the navigation menus.
- Replaced "Sign Out" and "Help" links with iconic buttons.
- We've added ellipses to the application tiles in the user portal to indicate that there's a menu there (as opposed to a gear icon that would show up upon hovering over the tile)
Of course design is a matter of taste, and your opinion may differ -- but, we're very excited about the new look and feel of the product.
App Gateway Enhancements
If you are using App+ Edition, you will be happy to know that we've made several enhancements to the App Gateway. First, we've done some performance tuning to improve the overall performance of the app gateway (especially with regards to repeat usage of the same app).
Second, we've added support for Cloud Connector affinity enabling the admin to specify which Cloud Connector(s) should serve as App Gateway for an App. This is particularly useful, for example, if you have an application that you host in your east coast data center and want to make sure that the Cloud Connector in that same location is being used as a gateway for that app.
Finally, we've added a diagnostics tool for troubleshooting poor performance for a particular app. If you have an application that is slow responding through the App Gateway, you can simply go to the App Gateway page for that application in Cloud Manager, click "Start Diagnostics", then use the app for a while and click "Stop Diagnostics."
This will create 2 reports that will help you to determine why the performance isn't up to par. Contact Support if you are having trouble with the reports.
Improved Reporting for IWA Logins
I don't typically talk about bug fixes as a highlight; but, this is an important one for customers using Integrated Windows Authentication for Office 365. If you're not familiar with IWA, it is a feature that enables users to authenticate without being prompted for login credentials while on the corporate network. When accessing the User Portal over IWA, the end user simply goes to cloud.centrify.com and he/she gets straight in without even seeing a login screen.
Some customers use Centrify to simplify Office 365 and their users don't go to the User Portal at all -- they simply open their thick client (Outlook) and get their mail / calendar. While these users are authenticating through Centrify Identity Service, they were not showing up in the Users table because they had never logged into the User Portal. With 15.5, we have fixed this so that we will count a user (and show the user in the Users table) if/when they authenticate through the service without using the User Portal itself. This change is not retroactive; but, you may notice your user counts increase after 15.5 is released if your users are exercising this use case.
We hope you enjoy these new features and look forward to hearing your feedback!