Lanamark Explorer uses global and individual credentials to collect inventory and performance data from target systems. Global credentials should be used when they are applicable to multiple machines and individual credentials should only be applied to target systems with custom credentials. All credentials are encrypted using AES-256 bit encryption and stored securely by the Lanamark Explorer. Credentials are never transmitted outside of the IT environment.
Global credentials can be managed via the Credential Manager, which is accessible from the top left corner of the Lanamark Explorer console:
To create new global credentials, select the type of credentials to create and then click new or use the add credential (key with a plus sign) button in the top left corner of the Credential Manager.
Microsoft Windows Credentials
As a best practice domain credentials for target systems running Microsoft Windows that are joined to the domain should be used. Domain attribute should be specified for these credentials. Both FQDN and NetBIOS domain names are supported. If this attribute is left blank the credentials are treated as local to the target system.
For target systems running Linux operating systems, a separate user account should be set up with sudo rights for data collection commands requiring elevated privileges.
Lanamark Explorer also supports key-based authentication. A private key file can be imported via the import private key button.
If a target system has individual credentials, they can be specified in the Discover Individual Machines dialog. If individual credentials were not specified during discovery, they can be applied by selecting one or more machines in the Lanamark Explorer and clicking assign in the top right corner of the machine(s) summary.
If there are no credentials for one or more target systems, Lanamark Explorer will show these target systems in the Not Inventoried tab with Inventory – No credentials status. To apply credentials, select the target systems and then click on assign credentials.