New Features in PowerBroker Password Safe Boosts IT Productivity

Martin Cannard
February 16th, 2017

PowerBroker Password Safe 6.2.1 features some exciting enhancements around privileged session management, giving users unmatched levels of security, accountability, and control while continuing our commitment to usability and simplicity. Here are some highlights of new features:

Quickly Connect to RDP Sessions with DirectConnect

Connecting to a webpage to request access to an RDP session is an unnecessary step for administrators that primarily work with desktop connection managers.

Password Safe version 6.2.1 introduces a new method of connecting to RDP sessions without having to log onto the Password Safe portal. Connection strings may be defined and saved as shortcuts on the desktop, or by using popular desktop managers such as Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager,

The user simply downloads an RDP file through the UI, as in the following image, or enters the details manually into the Microsoft Remote Desktop client for example (any RDP client on any operating system is supported).

Adding a connection can also be done directly into most popular connection managers such as Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager, or Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager.

To set it up, you just need to build a connection string with the following syntax:

YourUserName+ManagedAccount+ManagedSystem in the User name field

PasswordSafeProxy : port in the Computer/Server name field


In this example, when passing the connection string to the Password Safe proxy, the user will be prompted for the password of his or her own account  (btlab\user), then directly logged onto an RDP session running as Administrator on systemx.

No agents need to be installed on the hosts, and connection to any RDP system is supported.

Password Safe RDP DirectConnect allows sessions to be easily established via your existing desktop tools without having to initiate via a web interface.

Search Active Sessions in Real-time

Most session management applications only allow searching of data once the session has been completed. What happens when you have received a real-time alert to say a user has potentially executed a dangerous command, and they are still active in the session?

Real-time active session searching allows keystrokes, and returned meta data such as click events to be searched while the user is still active in their session.

All session actions are indexed and searchable, along with any keystrokes recorded.

There are many new features in Password Safe version 6.2.1. If you’d like to learn more about how our solution can help your organization get control of privileged accounts, request a custom demo today.

Martin Cannard

Martin has been helping organizations solve challenges in the privileged account management and identity and access management space for over 24 years. At Dell Software, Martin managed a team of Solution Architects, focused on designing and implementing solutions in the Privileged Account Management (PAM) space. Prior to joining Dell, Martin was Sr. Product Manager for Novell Privileged User Manager, a privilege management application acquired from Fortefi, an organization where he served as Vice President, Corporate Development. Prior to this, he was Program Manager of Client Technologies at Symantec where he was responsible for many ground-breaking field and channel enablement applications. Additionally, Martin managed the European QA group at Axent Technologies and has held various management positions in consulting, systems development, and operations. Martin is a regular speaker for security events, and webinars.