Not so long ago we have the privilege of working with the team at http://devolutions.net/, to fully integrate Passwordstate with their awesome software Remote Desktop Manager (http://remotedesktopmanager.com/). If you are not familiar with Remote Desktop Manager, we strongly recommend you check it out as it is a very capable tool for ‘remoting’ into a large range of IT systems.
The beauty of the integration between Passwordstate and Remote Desktop Manager (RDM) is you no longer need to input your authentication credentials to remote into other systems – simply create a Passwordstate credential in RDM which links to a password within Passwordstate, then create a Session in RDM and select the credential. Let’s walk through how you would do this.
Creating a Passwordstate Credential in RDM
First you need to create a ‘New Entry’ in Remote Desktop Manager, and this can be done in a multiple of ways – right click in ‘Navigation’, or press the Insert key, or use the button at the top of the screen.
- Select the Passwordstate Credential type
- Give it a name, provide the API URL of your Passwordstate web site, as well as the API Key – the API Key can be one which is associated with a single Password List, or you can use the System Wide API Key to return all Password Lists
- Click on the eclipse button next to ‘Password List’, and select the appropriate Password List
- Now click in the eclipse button next to ‘Password’ and select the account you wish to use as the credentials. After this credential has been created, you can now associated it with as many Remote Connection Entries in Remote Desktop Manager as you want
Creating a Remote Connection Entry in RDM
In this example, we will create a simply RDP connection to a Windows Server 2012 server, and associate the Passwordstate credential above to it.
- Create a new Entry, and select ‘Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP)’ entry type – look how many different remote connection types there are J
- Now specify the host name you want to RDP to, select ‘Credential Repository’ for the Credentials, then select the credential you created above
- Now the Remote Desktop Connection is created, click on ‘Open Session’ and you will be automatically logged into your server
That’s pretty much it for logging in remotely to your server, without ever having to type in those long annoying admin passwords J
If you haven’t yet come across Remote Desktop Manager, we strongly encourage you to download the trial and give it a run – it certainly makes your daily Sys Admin life a lot easier.