Working with Remote Apps

PAM360 allows you to remotely connect to applications (apps) already configured in target systems. Also, launch direct connections to the remote systems. Adding remote apps to RDP connections increases the accessibility and ease of use when connecting to the remote systems. IT admins use the remote apps to gain easy control over the privileged sessions, as it limits users' access to only specific applications launched. For example, a user clicking the Remote App configured for Notepad will be able to access only the Notepad application in the remote machine and will not be allowed to access any other programs.

You will be able to perform the following actions on remote apps:

  1. Adding Remote Apps Manually
  2. Discovering Remote Apps Automatically
  3. Associating Remote Apps with a Resource

Before you jump to the actions, make sure the following prerequisites are satisfied:

Prerequisites

  1. To use the application-based connection in PAM360, make sure you configure the Remote App feature in the main Domain Controller machine. For more details on setting up Remote Apps in Windows server machines, click here.
  2. To discover the remote apps automatically, make sure you have installed the Microsoft .NET framework and Visual C++ Redistributable (for Visual Studio 2015 and above).

1. Adding Remote Apps Manually

PAM360 allows you to add remote apps manually and associate them to the resources based on your requirement. You will be able to access these remote apps only through the associated resources. Follow the steps below to add remote apps to PAM360:

  1. Navigate to Admin >> Connections >> Remote App.
  2. Click Add.
  3. In the pop-up that opens, enter the following attributes:
    1. Name: Enter the name for the remote app to be displayed in PAM360.
    2. Application Name: Enter the name of the application as it is in the remote system.
    3. Parameters: Parameters can be a specific folder or a particular file to be opened when the application is invoked. Example: If the application name is notepad.exe, the parameter can be a specific text file to be opened using the notepad application. This is an optional field.
    4. Click Save to save changes.

Now, you have successfully added a remote app manually.

2. Discovering Remote Apps Automatically

In addition to manually adding remote apps, PAM360 has the capability to discover remote apps from machines which already have remote apps configured in them. Before proceeding with the setup, ensure you have read the prerequisites. Follow the below steps to discover remote apps automatically:

  1. Navigate to Admin >> Connections >> Remote App.
  2. Click Discover.
  3. From the Choose Connection drop-down, choose a machine that has remote apps configured in it and click Fetch.
  4. All the remote apps available in the chosen machine will be listed below. Select the remote apps using checkboxes and click Add and associate.
  5. The selected remote app will be added to the Remote App dashboard.
  6. From here, you can associate the remote app to any available connection through the Configure remote app option under Actions.

3. Associating Remote Apps with a Resource

    Note: PAM360 supports Remote App only for Windows and Windows Domain resources.

PAM360 allows you to associate the remote apps that were added manually or discovered into PAM360 with a selected resource. After this, you will be able to access these remote apps through the resource. Read further to know about associating the remote apps:

  1. Click the Resources tab.
  2. From the list of available resources, click Resource Actions >> Associate Remote App beside the particular resource to which you want to associate the remote apps.

  3. In the pop-up that appears, select the applications from the Available Applications column and move them to the Selected Applications column using the arrow keys. Click Save.


Now, you have successfully associated the remote apps to the selected resource.

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