The Atlassian Crowd team is delighted to present Crowd 1.3. This release includes innovative solutions for LDAP group administration, cross-directory user imports and a streamlined management interface.
Crowd 1.3 features delegated authentication, giving users greater control of LDAP group administration, while allowing users to be managed in Crowd. This means local systems administrators can bypass the bureaucracy and easily configure user permissions, group configurations and passwords from Crowd without having to make changes in a central directory.
“LDAP shows central administrators the nitty gritty of a database– often the information isn’t easy to understand. That’s where Crowd comes in. Crowd is a great way to see what’s in the central directory and makes changes at a local level while maintaining the integrity of the LDAP directory,” notes Dave O’Flynn, Crowd Team Lead.

Taking a closer look at the highlights of Crowd 1.3:

LDAP Authentication with Crowd Groups and Roles

Crowd 1.3 provides a new directory type, Delegated Authentication, combining the features of a Crowd internal directory with delegated LDAP authentication. This allows you to have your users authenticated via an external LDAP directory while managing the groups and roles in Crowd. Now you can set up a group configuration in Crowd for use with Confluence, JIRA and other Atlassian products.
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Cross-Directory User Importer

Our new Directory Importer allows you to copy your users from one directory into another. Provided that the directory is defined in Crowd, you can copy from and to any directory type.
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Streamlined User Interface

The Crowd Administration Console has a new menu structure and an enhanced look and feel. A left-hand menu grants easy access to the functions you use most often, such as searching for a user or group. A single ‘Administration’ tab holds the configuration options, system information and backup/restore functions.
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For all the details, check out the Crowd 1.3 release notes or see our press release below.
Over 200 organizations around the world rely on Crowd for identity management, authentication, and single sign-on. Pricing for Crowd starts at US$600 per license, making the software affordable for small businesses as well as the world’s largest enterprises. A fully functional 30-day evaluation of Crowd is available here.

Atlassian’s Crowd 1.3 Solves Your Identity Crisis

Latest release helps system administrators bypass the corporate bureaucracy via “delegated authentication”

San Francisco, CA (Business Wire) March 5th, 2008— Atlassian today announced the release of Crowd 1.3, the latest version of their centralized authentication, single sign-on and OpenID application. The new release gives system administrators greater control of LDAP group administration, keeping users and passwords the same across the company.
In many organizations, corporate LDAP systems are centrally managed. Making a simple change in LDAP can be a huge headache for system administrators; often they must follow bureaucratic processes just to make small changes.
Crowd solves these problems. With Crowd, permissions and identity management can be managed without ever touching LDAP or Active Directory. “LDAP shows central administrators the nitty gritty of a database– often the information isn’t easy to understand. That’s where Crowd comes in. Crowd is a great way to see what’s in the central directory and makes changes at a local level while maintaining the integrity of the LDAP directory,” notes Dave O’Flynn, Crowd Team Lead.

Additional highlights of Crowd 1.3 include:

* LDAP Authentication with Groups and Roles: Delegated Authentication allows for users to be authenticated via external LDAP directory while managing groups and roles in Crowd, improving group configuration and maintaining optimal performance. Administrators can use Crowd’s flexible group management when LDAP groups do not meet their requirements.
* Cross-Directory User Importer: Copy users seamlessly from any type of directory to another.
* Streamlined User Interface: the Crowd Administration Console has a new menu, enhanced look and easier access to the most-used functions in the left hand menu.
* Easier Install and Setup: Database configuration is now part of the setup wizard. Choose between JNDI datasource or JDBC configuration.
Over 200 organizations around the world rely on Crowd for identity management, authentication, and single sign-on. Pricing for Crowd starts at US$600 per license. A fully functional 30-day evaluation of Crowd is available at www.atlassian.com/software/crowd/?s_kwcid=crowd13
About Atlassian
Atlassian develops affordable, lightweight software that helps enterprises collaborate better. Its products include Confluence, widely recognized as the most advanced enterprise wiki, and JIRA, one of the world’s most popular issue trackers for IT project management. The company has more than 10,000 customers worldwide, including 30 of the world’s top 50 corporations. For more information, visit: www.atlassian.com/
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