Tuesday, 26 October 2010

BeyondTrust PowerBroker Desktops, Free Edition

While I’m on the subject of free solutions for elevating processes to run with administrative privilege under a standard user account, BeyondTrust have recently rebranded their Privilege Manager product, now called PowerBroker Desktops, and have released a free version of the software.

The product differs from a fully licensed version in that your own custom rules cannot be deployed centrally using Active Directory Group Policy. All rules can be deployed via local GPOs, and template rules, i.e. those built-in to PowerBroker to allow system administrators to quickly grant rights for specific Windows features, can be deployed using Active Directory Group Policy. So central management using AD Group Policy Objects, isn’t as complete as ScriptLogic’s free solution, Privilege Authority.

On the flip side, PowerBroker Desktops Free Edition is more fully featured than Privilege Authority and integrated properly with Group Policy and the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). PowerBroker is definitely worth checking out for smaller organizations that are looking to implement least privilege security on the desktop.

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