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Authentication Services 4.1 - Mac OS X Administrators Guide

About This Guide Installation The Authentication Services Mac OS X Components Configuring the Authentication Services Client Special Mac OS X Features Authentication Services Limitations on Mac OS X Authentication Services Group Policy for Mac Certificate Auto-enrollment Glossary

About This Guide


The Authentication Services Mac OS X Administrator's Guide describes the port of the Authentication Services for Mac OS X product to the Mac OS X platform. Authentication Services for Mac OS X brings the enterprise functionality Authentication Services supplies on every other major Unix platform to Mac OS X.

Authentication Services supports both Mac OS and Mac OS Server versions 10.5 - 10.7. Authentication Services recommends that you install all the latest Apple system updates before installing Authentication Services.

In this guide you will find step-by-step instructions on installing, configuring, and uninstalling Authentication Services along with a detailed explanation of the Authentication Services components for Mac OS X.

In addition, the "Authentication Services Group Policy for Mac" section documents each policy supported for this version of Authentication Services for Mac OS X.

This guide is not comprehensive and only describes those Authentication Services features specific to Mac OS X. Refer to the Authentication Services Administrator's Guide, located in the docs directory of the installation media for complete documentation on all other Authentication Services features.

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About Quest Software

Note: Quest Authentication Services, formerly Vintela Authentication Services, was re-branded for the 4.0 release.

Quest Software simplifies and reduces the cost of managing IT for more than 100,000 customers worldwide. Our innovative solutions make solving the toughest IT management problems easier, enabling customers to save time and money across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Contact Quest for more information:

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Quest One Identity Solution


This product is a component of the Quest One Identity Solution, a set of enabling technologies, products, and integration that empowers organizations to simplify identity and access management by:

  • Reducing the number of identities
  • Automating identity administration
  • Ensuring the security of identities
  • Leveraging existing investments, including Microsoft Active Directory

Quest One improves efficiency, enhances security and helps organizations achieve and maintain compliance by addressing identity and access management challenges as they relate to:

  • Single sign-on
  • Directory consolidation
  • Provisioning
  • Password management
  • Strong authentication
  • Privileged account management
  • Audit and compliance

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Contacting Quest Support


Quest Support is available to customers who have a trial version of a Quest product or who have purchased a Quest product and have a valid maintenance contract. Quest Support provides unlimited 24x7 access to SupportLink, our self-service portal.

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Support Portal: https://support.quest.com

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