Yes, it is possible for older SPE versions to communicate with Password Manager but in a very limited capacity.
The only option available for older SPE clients is the “Forgot My Password” link on the Windows logon screen. Option such as Registration is not supported.
To be able to accommodate this scenario, you can perform any of the following options:
|NOTE: Older SPE clients will work with the new Self Service site, but only if URL redirection is enabled.|
It is recommended to upgrade the SPE clients as soon as possible to avoid having the overlap.
Once you upgrade to 5.7.1, it is not possible to roll back due to the security enhancements implemented. The configuration is encrypted in a new manner, along with all of the user profiles.
The only possible roll back option is to use a product such asto backup prior to upgrading, and then restore the "comment" attribute for all users, after you have restored the Password Manager configuration to the pre-upgrade version.
Password Policy Manager must also be upgraded on all Domain Controllers. Note that the Domain Controllers must be rebooted.
|NOTE: Although 5.5.x components such as the SPE and Password Policy Manager may work with later Password Manager server versions, it has not been fully tested and is not officially supported.|
To upgrade Password Manager from 4.x to 5.7.1, you have to first upgrade 4.x to 5.6.3 and then upgrade 5.6.3 to 5.7.1.
To upgrade from Password Manager from 4.x to 5.6.3, see Upgrading from Password Manager from 4.x to 5.6.3 below.
To upgrade from Password Manager from Password Manager from 5.6.3 to 5.7.1, see Upgrading from Password Manager 5.5.3 or later versions below.