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Hello Experts!

I'm looking for a password management program to pass among a branch of techs. We manage many users and, without programming something ourselves, want to know if there's a program with a centralized database where our techs can simply install the password application and tap into the list of usernames/passwords for our domain users.

Any ideas? :)

Thank you!
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by:Jerry Miller
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I may have misunderstood the question. But you want your techs to have access to the domain user's passwords? I would never let techs have access to others passwords. It is too big of a security risk. They should only have the ability to reset them if the user forgets the password.

I use a program called KeePass for mine. It runs from my USB drive.

http://keepass.info/

I read about one called DashLine the other day that looks interesting as well, but I have not used it yet.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/06/technology/personaltech/too-many-passwords-and-no-way-to-remember-them-until-now.html
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by:jmichaelpalermo4
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Ha - That's a great point. However, these aren't the normal "Techs" - They're much higher up the chain. Our domain users are assigned a unique password upon hire. The lead administration needs an easier way to access these credentials, if needed.

I like the look of KeePass, but it seems to be specific to the location it's installed. Is there a program where I can install on the admin's PC which will access a database containing the credential store.. Kind of like this:

                                      {Admin PC3}
                                             |
                                             |
                                             |
{Admin PC1} -------- (Password Database) ------------ {Admin PC2}


Thanks!
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Jerry Miller earned 2000 total points
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It doesn't matter how high up the chain or high far from normal your techs are. Most tech people aren't 'normal' to the rest of the world, myself included. :D It is a HUGE security hole to allow anyone with access to usernames / passwords. If the users can't remember passwords, reset it and let them move on. Passwords should be in an encrypted database that no one can see in clear text.

That being said. In the Keepass\Data\Settings folder there is an INI file where the configuration is stored.

KeeLastDb=..\..\Data\data.kdb points to the database file with the  *.kdb extension. I am sure that you could store it on a shared drive

Look at the other INI files and see how it is set up. It may suit what you are trying to do, though I would strongly advise against you storing user names and passwords for others to access, unless you are in a business where your data integrity doesn't matter at all. It isn't about trusting your techs. It is about rock solid security that cannot be questioned by anyone. Stepping down from soapbox..........
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by:jmichaelpalermo4
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I agree completely! However, when dealing with system and network gurus, there isn't a need for passwords to do insane amounts of damage to a company - You're already trusting them with the keys to the kingdom. Knowing the passwords simply adds an easier method of assistance, if needed.

However, I will rethink my approach. Thanks for the answer, regardless - I'll figure out a way to do this from here. :)

Best,
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