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17.4 Highlights: Performance and Mac Improvements

11 April,19 at 11:50 AM

In case you hadn't heard, we will be upgrading our platform (Centrify Identity Service and Centrify Privilege Service) to version 17.4 this weekend (Sunday, April 23rd).   The complete list of new features is available in the release notes, but as always I will tell you about my favorites here:


Performance Improvements

Over the past few months our dev team has been laser focused on improving performance throughout the product.  We've examined every line of code and tuned the software to run better at scale.  It's hard to quantify exact improvements in most cases, but in some areas the improvements are very noticeable.  For example, when clicking through to the Activity tab for a given user, the page now loads about 20x faster!  We've also made a number of changes to the jobs system and the jobs report used by our provisioning engine.  We are excited about these improvements as we feel this focus was needed to better serve our customers.


In addition to the performance improvements, I'm excited about a few smaller features that customers have been waiting for:

  • Support for using DN (instead of UPN) as Subject Alternative Name for certificates (contact support if interested and we can enable for your tenant)
  • OpenID Connect custom template now supports Hybrid Flow


Mac Improvements 

I'm also very excited about the improvements we've made to our Mac product in 17.4.  Specifically, we're adding two new capabilities to our Mac support:


  1. Enroll on Behalf of:  The new Centrify Agent now supports enrolling the Mac for a different user.  Many of our customers want to have their Admins enroll the Mac before giving the Mac to the end user.  The 17.4 agent introduces this capability!Enroll on Behalf of.png
  2. All new Mac App Management: So you might be saying Centrify already does app management for the Mac, so why is this considered a 'new' feature?  Well, with 17.4, we have completely replaced the old Mac app management capabilities and retooled our solution to leverage Munki and AutoPkg, open source tools for app management on Macs.  These tools are loved by Mac Admins and are now integrated with our platform to enable automatic installation and update of software on end users' Macs.  Admins can now automatically install software on the end users' Macs or make the software available to end users as optional software in the Managed Software Center (Munki client).Managed Software Center.png

We hope you enjoy these new features and look forward to hearing your feedback!

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