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Alternate Credentials Pane

The credentials to be used to connect to remote Machines for their processing can be defined and reviewed on the Alternate Credentials pane. The Alternate Credentials pane is located on the left of the main application window within the Network view under the Alternate Credentials navigation bar page.

Alternate Credentials Representation

The representation of the Alternate Credentials pane Pic 1 is quite similar to that of Machine Tree, but it also contains credentials associated with each network item. This tree is built and maintained automatically using the network structure.

The Alternate Credentials used to connect to remote Machines are stored until they are reset, i.e. even if the Machine referenced by the credentials is removed, the credentials will still exist but become inactive. Those credentials items are removed only if they are reset.

The Alternate Credentials tree

Pic 1. The Alternate Credentials tree

Item Icon represents the item type and shows if the credentials defined for this item are currently active or not. The set of icons used to represent all types of the items and their states is described below:

Entire Network

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Root of the Alternate Credentials;

Machine Group

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Machine Group (may be either a domain or a workgroup) credentials;

Active Directory container

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Active Directory Container (an organization unit or another container in Active Directory) credentials;

Machine

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Machine credentials;

 

Item Name - the name of the item.

Credentials Part – shows the login name to use while connecting to remote Machines or a hint if the credentials are not set. The in-place edit shows the pop-up window to specify the credentials. Pic 2

You can review the How does it work? section to get a closer look at the concept used for alternate credentials.

Alternate Credentials management actions

Within the Alternate Credentials pane, you can define the credentials to be used to access each network resource and reset those credentials when they are no longer needed.

Set Credentials

Set Credentials

The Set Credentials button from the Alternate Credentials Ribbon group should be used to define the credentials for the item currently selected in the Alternate Credentials pane.

To specify the Alternate Credentials to be used for the network resource, you should select such resource in the Alternate Credentials pane and click the down button of the credentials part of the in-place edit. Alternatively, you can use the Set Credentials button from the Alternate Credentials Ribbon group or the Set Credentials item from the pop-up menu.

Tip

When setting the alternate credentials' user name, pay attention to the domain it will be used for. This information is shown in the Log on to field: this field value should be the domain or the Machine name where the account with the respective user name is present. To access the other domain, see How do I access another domain.

The pop-up window Pic 2 is opened for you to specify the credentials for the selected item. You are offered to provide the user name and password to be used for connection in the appropriate fields of the pop-up window. The password confirmation must exactly match the password input.

Specifying Alternate Credentials

Pic 2. Specifying Alternate Credentials

When you are ready with the credentials specification, press OK to proceed.

Reset Credentials

Reset Credentials

The Reset Credentials button from the Alternate Credentials Ribbon group should be used to remove the associated credentials from the selected network resource.

If the specified credentials are no longer needed, you can reset them. To reset the credentials for a network resource, select the required resource in the Alternate Credentials pane and click the Cross button of the credentials part of the in-place edit. Alternatively, you can use the Reset Credentials button from the Alternate Credentials Ribbon group or the Reset Credentials item from the pop-up menu.

The management actions described above are also available in the Alternate Credentials tree pop-up menu. Pic 3

The Alternate Credentials tree pop-up menu

Pic 3. The Alternate Credentials tree pop-up menu

From the pop-up menu, it is also possible to expand or collapse all the nodes in the Alternate Credentials tree by using the Expand All/Collapse All items.