How to setup Password Synchronization

Last Time, we talked about setting up Sync Agents with the AuthAnvil Password Server. Today, we'll be showing you how to actually put them to use, by synchronizing a few basic password types. To start, let's go create a new password. Make sure the vault you select is in one of the scopes that the agent is allowed to see, as discussed in our post about scopes.


Select 'Standalone Windows Password' from the password type dropdown, and fill in the password details. For the username field, enter the username of a local Windows user account on the machine the agent is installed on. For the password value, enter the current password for that Windows user. Now, we'll take a look at the Synchronization Tab.

For now, we're not going to worry about creating a full Sync Chain, just a simple single password. Hit the checkbox to enable synchronization. You can check the second box if you want the password to be automatically rotated when it expires. If you leave it unchecked, you'll get a task on the AuthAnvil Password Server dashboard letting you know when you need to go in and update the password. Once you've made your selections, hit save. Back on the vault page, we should now see the password, which is listed in a 'Pending Sync' state.

The next time the sync agent checks in to the service, it will get instructions to test the password you just created. If the test succeeds, then the password will go to an 'In Sync' state. Then, any time you change the password, it will create a new instruction for the agent to similarly change the password of the actual user as well. If an error occurs during synchronization, you'll receive an email, and a manual override task will appear on your dashboard. If you have any questions about this or other AuthAnvil Password Server topics, please post in the comments below!



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