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How to set up the Client Based Remote Session Launcher


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With the release of Passwordstate 8 is a new, easier to use Remote Session Launcher utility.  This forum Post advises how to set this up from scratch, assuming you have never used our remote session launcher before, and will be connecting into a Windows 10 machine.


Related Links:

How to configure the Remote Session Launcher for use with TeamViewer - https://www.clickstudios.com.au/community/index.php?/topic/2111-using-the-remote-session-launcher-to-use-teamviewer-to-connect/

How to allow other users access to log into machines without knowing the password - https://www.clickstudios.com.au/community/index.php?/topic/2112-remote-sessions-without-access-to-password-credentials/

How to set up a Host Discovery job to import Windows or Linux machines in from Active Directory on a schedule https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UifVi2rH8x0




Setting up the remote session launcher can now be configured by following these steps. Please note you will need to have a Password List created that is Enabled For Resets, for help with this, see this forum post: https://www.clickstudios.com.au/community/index.php?/topic/12634-create-password-list-enabled-for-resets/



Step 1: Add an account into a password list that has permissions to connect to your machines.  Ensure you set the domain, if you are using an Active Directory account, or a desktop/server if you are using a local account.



Step 2: Under Hosts tab -> Hosts Home, Add a new Remote Session Credential



When adding the credential, ensure you select Windows as the operating system (as we'll be using this account to remote into Servers), RDP as the Connection Type and link it to the account we created in Step 1 simply by searching for it.  Other options on this page help filter on what machines this Remote Session Credential will connect to, if you choose.



Step 3:  As a once off process, you will need to install the Remote Session Launcher.  Go to Help -> Remote Session Management -> Install/Configure Client Based Launcherand click the "Install Remote Session Launcher"





The installation is simple, as you can see in the below screenshots:






Step 4: You will need to configure your browser to use a custom protocol built by Click Studios, so the Remote Session Launcher can launch directly from your browser.  This needs to be completed once per user, per machine.  This page below can be accessed from the Help -> Remote Session Management manual and you should click the "Configure Browser" button


Below are the options you should choose depending on what browser you are using.  Once you have set this, please close down the blank window that is on your screen



Step 5: Add a Host into your System that you wish to connect to.  The instructions below are how to add a single host in manually, but it is possible to use other methods to add multiple hosts into Passwordstate quickly. 


Under Hosts Home, click View All Host Records



Click Add Host



Configure the host using the screen below as a guide



Step 6: begin adding Hosts into your Host Navigation Tree.  This is where you'll be launching your sessions from


All Hosts must reside inside a Folder.  Right Click Passwords Home and select Add Folder



Next give the folder a name and click Save



Right click the new folder, and select Add Hosts to Folder



Search for your Host, select it and click Add Selected Hosts



Now you should be able to select the host and click Launch, and it will log you directly into the machine




**UPDATE MAY 2018**

A recent build has provided an option for Security Administrators to grant access to the Client Based Remote Session Launcher.  These permissions can be set under Administration -> Feature Access -> Remote Sessions:




**Update 2**

In a recent build you can now launch Remote Session directly from a Password Record, which will then use those credentials in the record to connect to the Host.  You must be given access to this feature under Administration -> Feature Access -> Remote Sessions:





To launch a session directly from a Password Record, it must be a local account for the host you are connecting into, and it must also be linked to the Host.  You can then launch session using this icon:



Or directly from the Actions Menu of the Password Record:





Training Video:

For a video of this set up process, please watch the following:




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