A record that consists of all the information that defines a user to Active Directory or AD LDS. This includes the user name and password required for the user to log on, the groups in which the user account has membership, and the rights and permissions the user has for using the computer and network and accessing their resources.

Administration site

A website for Password Manager administrators. On this website, they can configure Management Policies by adding managed application directory partitions, creating question lists, specify Q&A policy, etc.

Application directory partition alias

Enter the name that will be used to address the application directory partition on the Self-Service and Helpdesk sites.

Application log

The log that lists all actions performed by Password Manager.


A piece of data that stores information that is specific to an object. A set of attributes stores the data that defines an object.


A certificate is used to encrypt traffic and provide authentication between Password Manager Service and web sites installed on different servers. View more.

Configuration storage account

An account used by Password Manager for storing its configuration data i.e. settings configured in Password Manager, for example Management Polices, general settings, etc. The configuration storage account is automatically created in the Users container of a managed application directory partition when the managed partition is added. The configuration storage account is named QPMStorageContainer.

Custom activity

Custom activity is an activity with PowerShell handlers. Create custom activities from scratch or convert built-in activities to custom. View more.

Custom password policy rule

This rule does not check the password compliance with the configured password policy. Configure the rule to display your custom message instead of or together with other policy messages.

Do not show personally identifiable information (PII) for the logged in user

When selected, the Self-Service Site truncates personally identifiable information (PII) on the user interface. Select this option if the security policies of your organization require hiding PII.

Encryption algorithm

This algorithm is used to encrypt users’ answers to secret questions. Users’ answers will be encrypted if the “Store answers using reversible encryption” option is selected in the Q&A profile settings. Otherwise, the answers will be hashed.


Provide regular expression based on the selected Active Directory attribute to find a matching pattern in the target system.

Group Policy

An administrator’s tool for defining and controlling how programs, network resources, and the operating system operate for users and computers in an organization.

Hashing algorithm

This algorithm is used to hash users’ answers to secret questions if reversible encryption is not used to store the answers.

Helpdesk site

A website for helpdesk operators. On this website, they can reset users’ passwords, unlock accounts, assign temporary passcodes, etc.

In-place upgrade

The installation of the latest version of Password Manager without removing the older version.

Locked Questions and Answers Profile

A Questions and Answers Profile that temporarily cannot be used.

A Questions and Answers Profile can become locked after a number of unsuccessful attempts to answer the questions.


The delivery location for all incoming mail messages addressed to a designated owner. Information in a user's mailbox is stored in the private information store on a Microsoft® Exchange server computer. A mailbox can contain received messages, message attachments, folders, folder hierarchy, and more. Server applications for Microsoft® Exchange server are often designed with a mailbox for communication.

Mandatory question

A question, the same for all users in an application directory partition, that users must answer in order to authenticate themselves using Password Manager.

Management Policy

Management Policy allows you to configure workflows and secret questions for specified groups of users, and select helpdesk operators to manage these users. See Management Policy Components.

Optional question

A question that users should select from a list of pre-defined questions and answer to authenticate themselves using Password Manager.

Password Manager realm

Realm is a set of Password Manager Service instances sharing realm settings and configuration. You can use the realm to provide enhanced availability and load balancing.

Password Manager Service Account

An account used to install Password Manager. The Password Manager Service account must be a member of the Administrators group on the Web Server where Password Manager is installed.

Password Policy Manager

A component of Password Manager that enforces password policies configured in Password Manager, when users change their passwords using tools other than Password Manager.

Questions and Answers Profile (Q&A Profile)

A set of questions selected by a user from the Question list and user's answers to them. A Questions and Answers Profile is used to authenticate a person using Password Manager.

Question list

A set of questions used in creating users' Questions and Answers profiles. The list is defined by the administrator and contains a series of questions in a certain language that users from a specific application directory partition must answer in order to create or update their personal Questions and Answers profiles. A question list defines the number of questions of each type and the wording of mandatory and optional questions.


Provide a value to replace the matched pattern in the target system.

Self-Service site

A website for Password Manager end-users. On this site, end-users can create their Questions and Answers Profiles and manage their passwords.

Special character

A character that is neither alphabetic nor numeric.

Test attribute value

Provide a sample Active Directory attribute value, to evaluate the matching pattern.

User-defined question

A question that users must provide along with the answer in order to authenticate themselves using Password Manager.

Workflow availability (helpdesk)

If a user is not registered, then only Reset Password, Unlock Account, and Assign Passcode workflows are enabled. For more information, see Workflow settings.

Workflow availability (self-service)

If a user is not registered, only My Questions and Answers Profile and I Have a Passcode workflows are enabled. For more information, see Workflow settings.