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Password Manager 5.7.1 - Administrator Guide (AD LDS edition)

About Password Manager Getting Started Password Manager Architecture Management Policies
Checklist: Configuring Password Manager Understanding Management Policies Configuring Access to the Administration Site Configuring Access to the Self-Service Site Configuring Access to the Helpdesk Site Configuring Questions and Answers Policy Workflow Overview Custom Workflows Custom Activities Self-Service Workflows Helpdesk Workflows User Enforcement Rules
General Settings Password Policies Reporting Appendix A: Accounts Used in Password Manager for AD LDS Appendix B: Open Communication Ports for Password Manager for AD LDS Appendix C: Customization Options Overview Glossary About us

Configuring Security Options

By configuring the security options you can specify whether CAPTCHA or reCAPTCHA images should be displayed on the Find Your Account page to prevent bot attacks.

reCAPTCHA is a free CAPTCHA service provided by Google.

To start using reCAPTCHA you need to sign up and get reCAPTCHA keys on the following web site: http://www.google.com/recaptcha.

When getting the keys, provide the DNS name of the domain where Password Manager Self-Service sites are installed. If the Self-Service sites are installed in different domains, select the Enable this key on all domains check box to create a global key.

To learn more about using and configuring reCAPTCHA, go to http://www.google.com/recaptcha/learnmore.

To configure security options

  1. Connect to the Administration site by typing the Administration site URL in the address bar of your Web browser. By default, the URL is http://<ComputerName>/PMAdminADLDS/.
  2. On the menu bar, click General Settings, then click the Search and Logon Options tab, and select the Self-Service site option from the drop-down list.
  3. In the Security Settings section select the Show a security image to prevent bot attacks check box to have the Self-Service site display a picture with characters and require the user to enter the characters on the picture. This feature provides enhanced protection against automated attacks.
  4. Select the Display CAPTCHA radio button if you want the Self-Service site to show CAPTCHA images on the Find Your Account page. Click Settings to configure the following CAPTCHA settings:
    • Number of characters Specify the number of characters that will be displayed on a CAPTCHA image.
    • Noise level Select the noise level for a CAPTCHA image. The higher the level the more difficult it will be to read the characters.
  5. Select the Display reCAPTCHA radio button if you want the Self-Service site to show reCAPTCHA images on the Find Your Account page. Click Settings to configure the following reCAPTCHA settings:
    • Public key Specify the public key you received when configuring reCAPTCHA on the reCAPTCHA Web site.
    • Private key Specify the private key you received when configuring reCAPTCHA on the reCAPTCHA Web site.
    • Theme Select a color theme for the reCAPTCHA widget.
  6. Select the Show a security image every time the search is performed check box to show a CAPTCHA or reCAPTCHA image every time the search is performed on the Find Your Account page of the Self-Service page. Selecting this option increases protection against bot attacks.
  7. Click Save.

Configuring Search Options for the Helpdesk Site

To configure search options

  1. Connect to the Administration site by typing the Administration site URL in the address bar of your Web browser. By default, the URL is http://<ComputerName>/PMAdminADLDS/.
  2. On the menu bar, click General Settings, then click the Search and Logon tab, and select the Helpdesk site option from the drop-down list.
  3. In the displayed text box, specify the attribute of helpdesk operators’ accounts in AD LDS that helpdesk operators should use to log in on the Helpdesk site. For example, userPrincipalName.
  4. Select the Hide the list of application directory partitions if only one application directory partition is added to the helpdesk scope option if required. If several application directory partitions are included in the helpdesk scope, helpdesk operators will be required to select the corresponding partition before logging in.

Import/Export Configuration Settings

You can export configuration settings from the current Password Manager instance to a configuration file to back up the instance or create replicas of the existing instance.

Exporting Configuration Settings

By exporting configuration settings to a configuration file, you can back up the current instance or use the configuration file to create a Password Manager realm.

A realm is a group of Password Manager instances using common realm settings (encryption and hashing algorithms, realm affinity ID, etc.) and configuration settings, including but not limited to Management Policies, general settings, password policies, etc.

If you want to create a realm, you need to export the configuration settings from a Password Manager instance and create a replica of this instance by importing the configuration settings. To learn more about creating Password Manager realms, see Installing Multiple Instances of Password Manager.

To export configuration settings

  1. Connect to the Administration site by typing the Administration site URL in the address bar of your Web browser. By default, the URL is http://<ComputerName>/PMAdminADLDS/.
  2. On the menu bar, click GeneralSettings, then click the Import/Export tab and select the Export configuration settings option.
  3. Enter the password to protect the configuration file and click Export.

IMPORTANT: Remember and store the password that is generated while exporting the configuration file. You must enter this password when importing the configuration file for a new instance when, you want to join to a realm or restoring the configuration. Losing this password requires re-installation of the application.

Export the configuration settings and save in a secure location. Use these settings to create secondary instances of Password Manager, and to recover data in the event of server disaster, or serious data loss.

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