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Linux Domain Identity, Authentication, and Policy Guide

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Using Red Hat Identity Management in Linux environments

Florian Delehaye

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Marc Muehlfeld

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Filip Hanzelka

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Lucie Maňásková

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Aneta Šteflová Petrová

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Tomáš Čapek

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Ella Deon Ballard

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Identity and policy management, for both users and machines, is a core function for most enterprise environments. Identity Management provides a way to create an identity domain that allows machines to enroll to a domain and immediately access identity information required for single sign-on and authentication services, as well as policy settings that govern authorization and access.
In addition to this guide, you can find documentation on other features and services related to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Identity Management in the following guides:

System-Level Authentication Guide

The System-Level Authentication Guide documents different applications and services available to configure authentication on local systems, including the authconfig utility, the System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) service, the Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) framework, Kerberos, the certmonger utility, and single sign-on (SSO) for applications.

Windows Integration Guide

The Windows Integration Guide documents how to integrate Linux domains with Microsoft Windows Active Directory (AD) using Identity Management. Among other topics, the guide covers various aspects of direct and indirect AD integration, using SSSD to access a Common Internet File System (CIFS), and the realmd system.