Empower the User: Group Provisioning within Group Management Server

8 04 2014

Group Management Server already relieves a lot of stress and extra work for IT Administrators. With the latest release, we just made IT admins lives even easier by streamlining the process for creating new AD groups through Group Provisioning.

What does this mean for you?

Think of this everyday scenario: The Marketing Team just started a project and they need a new mailing list for participants. Typically, the project leader would have to submit a request to IT for the new mailing list before they could add members in Group Management Server. With Group Provisioning, the entire process is simplified. Now, the marketing project leader can submit a new group request, including group members, directly through Group Management Server. The IT administrator will receive the request through the Group Management Server interface, and can immediately approve and create the group.

Helpful Tip: Use Group Provisioning alongside Group Membership Expiration to keep your Active Directory free from outdated group clutter.

Conclusion: Group Provisioning = Streamlined group creation.

Not using Group Management Server, but interested in learning more? Request a free trial here.





Sneak Peek: New Secret Server features only at RSA Conference 2014

20 02 2014

2014 marks Thycotic’s 5th year exhibiting at the RSA cybersecurity conference. RSA is one of the largest gatherings of IT security professionals and analysts in North America. This year, the conference takes place February 24-28th 2014 at the Moscone Center.

RSA Conference 2014

Thycotic to unveil new Secret Server features

We’re excited to demonstrate not-yet-published Secret Server features before they’re officially released at booth 415 during RSA expo hours. Our team will also give demos of our other IT products and are available to answer any questions you have on our products or password management best practices. Product Manager Ben Yoder and CEO Jonathan Cogley will be there, as well as many more of our great team. Look for our 20X20 black and green booth, you can’t miss us!

What to expect from RSA

Informations sessions cover a variety of security hot topics: hackers and threats, governance, risk and compliance, cryptography, data privacy and more. IT security professionals come eager to discover the latest in security technology, debate fiery issues and mingle with the best in breed vendors and industry experts. Oh, and don’t forget the rocking vendor parties that pack the evenings; complete with food, drinks and entertainment of all kinds amidst the backdrop of a lively San Francisco nightlife.

Awesome keynote lineup

RSA 2014 boasts an impressive speaker lineup worth checking out, including Nawaf Bitar of Juniper Networks, Art Gilliland of HP, James Comey of the FBI and a special closing keynote appearance by Stephen Colbert guaranteed to bring some hilarity to the mix.

Thinking about attending? Register for RSA 2014 here.

See you there!

 





Group Management Server Scales for Enterprise

5 09 2012

Wait, what is Group Management Server?!

Group Management Server is Thycotic Software’s brand new self service Active Directory group management tool.  IT Admins can designate Group Owners to control Active Directory Security Group and Distribution Group membership.  Reporting and full audit trails are maintained throughout the system on group management activities including adding, deleting, editing user group membership. These audit trails can be used during security audits to demonstrate compliance.

Group Management Server can be installed quickly and does not require Active Directory Schema Extension.  Even very large Active Directory environments can be quickly synchronized and managed from an easy-to-use and secure web interface.  Implementing robust Role Based Access Control and an approvals workflow, Group Management Server can automate IT Admin functions to tighten security, minimize risk, and reduce labor costs associated with managing group membership.

Let’s get back to how Group Management Server scales for the enterprise…

One of the highlights in Group Management Server is the performance during Active Directory synchronization.  Active Directory synchronization is a process in which Active Directory data (groups and users) are populated in Group Management Server.  The synchronization process makes Active Directory group management tasks lightning fast, as opposed to waiting on the Active Directory Users and Computers application to slowly search for the correct group.  In our testing, synchronization with 6 domains (one domain contained nearly 150,000 groups and 100,000 users) was completed in well under 5 minutes.  See figures 1-3 below for before and after screenshots of Active Directory synchronization with Group Management Server.

In Figure 1, this Group Management Server instance manages groups in six domains.  These domains range in size from small (250 objects) to large (100,000+ objects).  Note that domain synchronization has been started at 11:34:08 AM (highlighted in red).

Figure 1

In Figure 2, synchronization has completed for all six domains at 11:38:55 AM.  The elapsed time for the synchronization was
4 minutes and 47 seconds!

Figure 2

In Figure 3, domain statistics are displayed for synchronization.  In less than 5 minutes, Group Management Server synchronized more than 160,000 Active Directory groups and nearly 100,000 user objects spread over six separate domains.

Figure 3

Setting up Active Directory synchronization with Group Management Server

To synchronize with Active Directory, log in as an Administrator for Group Management Server.  Then click Administration -> Active Directory.  Click on the New Domain button and fill out the fields with your specific domain information and click Save.  Group Management Server will begin to synchronize with the newly added domain.  As with test example above, synchronization will take a few minutes depending on the number of groups and other objects in your domain.

Group Management Server information and resources

Try it here:  http://www.thycotic.com/products_groupmanagementserver_try.html

Support:  http://www.thycotic.com/products_groupmanagementserver_support.html

Forums:  http://www.thycotic.com/products_groupmanagementserver_forums.html





Thycotic Software (booth #2228) at VMWorld 2012 San Francisco

16 08 2012

Thycotic Software will be at VMWorld 2012!  Please join us at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA on August 26th through August 30th.  We will have demonstrations of Secret Server, Password Reset Server, and our newest product Group Management Server.  Stop by booth #2228 and you can meet the team and learn about the newest features in Secret Server.

VMWorld is an ideal opportunity for us to demonstrate our advanced IT admin tools.  Secret Server, Password Reset Server, and Group Management Server all perform well when installed in a virtual server.  We recommend leveraging virtualization technologies such as VMware with our tools not only for ease of management but also for meeting Disaster Recovery and High Availability requirements.

Secret Server is a privileged password management solution, designed to securely control access to critical enterprise passwords in one centralized, web-based repository.  Secret Server is an encrypted, FIPS-compliant, and helps organizations to reach their Sarbanes-Oxley or PCI DSS goals.

Password Reset Server is an end-user password reset tool that combines ease-of-use with advanced security, and meets Section 508 compliance standards. Password Reset Server is designed to reduce Help Desk calls and let employees reset their own forgotten passwords through a series of secure questions, image-matching, and text/phone verification.

Group Management Server is an end-user-facing Active Directory Group management tool that allows IT admins to delegate AD Group membership to the business owners. Group Management Server helps to lower the time your IT team spends on Active Directory Group membership changes by allowing your end users to do it themselves.

See you August 26th!





Join Our New Reseller Program

27 09 2010

Over the past few months the Thycotic team has been working on creating a structured Value Added Reseller Partner Program. After a little help from some experts and a lot of hard work, we are proud to report our Reseller Partner Program is ready! We have included many useful tools to help our Partners around the world bring Secret Server password management software to their customers.

Here are a few examples of what you’ll get in our Reseller Partner Program:

  • Sales Presentations
  • Typical use case scenarios
  • Detailed target market information
  • Marketing campaign tools
  • Product FAQs
  • Recorded demos
  • Installation and configuration instructions
  • Accompanied professional services examples
  • Objection Handling

Now we need Partners passionate about Secret Server! So what’s in it for you? How about local leads and a generous commission structure? We have thought of everything and what we missed we hope to learn from you; feedback is welcome. The Thycotic team is confident in our products and wants to see our Partners achieve the same success with their customers as we have seen with ours.

If you are ready to get the ball rolling, please complete our Partner Application Form

Please contact us with any questions.








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