Running Password Depot on a Terminal Server

In general, you can also run Password Depot on a terminal server. It is not recommended in general, however, it is possible though.

The installation of Password Depot on a terminal server is the same as installing it on a physical server. We recommend, following the instructions of the installation wizard carefully. If so, the installation should take a few minutes only. 

As far as licensing is concerned, there is also no difference but it is the same either using Password Depot on a terminal or physical server. You can find detailed information about our licensing in the knowledge base:

Licensing and Maintenance

What do you have to know when running Password Depot on a terminal server and activating the browser add-on?

If multiple users have access to Password Depot on a terminal server and the browser add-on is activated, too it is mandatory or, at least, strongly recommended assigning individual port numbers to the users. If this, however, is not the case it may happen that user A receives the login data of user B since the browser add-on does not "know" which user is requesting the data. This may be a serious security issue because data may be sent to users who should not see or know about it at all. The socket port number for browser add-on communication is not a virtual but physical parameter and thus, cannot be shared by multiple instances of the Password Depot client.

How to assign individual port numbers to the users?

You have two options to choose from:

  1. Open the Server Manager and go to Manage → Server settings → Additional. Check the option Auto-generate unique port numbers (recommended for Terminal Servers). Every client automatically receives a specific port number afterwards.
  2. Open the Server Manager and go to the Users area. Select the corresponding user next. Open the user properties by double clicking on the user and go to the Advanced tab. You can see here the WebSockets port for browser add-ons section. Check the option Use custom port number and define a custom value for each user.

The users can see their individual port numbers (either automatically generated ones or manually assigned by the administrator) in the client by going to Edit → Options → Browsers. To complete the process, users finally have to change the port number in the browser, too since this cannot be changed automatically. They can enter here the custom port number which is displayed in their client. To do so, click the add-on icon in the browser and go to Settings. Afterwards they can change the value accordingly.

NOTE: If you do not want to assign individual port numbers to the users, we strongly recommend disabling the permissions for using the browser add-on in the Server Manager in order to avoid the above mentioned issues. 

For more information please visit our knowledge base: How do I change the port number when working with the add-on and running Password Depot on a terminal server?