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KACE Privilege Manager for Windows 4.4 - Quick Start Guide

Configuring self-service elevation

To enable users to request permissions to use privileged applications, use the Self-Service Elevation Request Settings Wizard. Whenever a user attempts to run an application which requires administrative permissions for which they do not have rights, they are asked if they would like to send a request to their administrator for permission to run it. To access the wizard from the Getting Started screen, select the Setup Tasks tab and then double-click the Self-Service Elevation Request Settings Wizard. Follow the prompts or see the Administrator Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Note: In some cases, Self-Service Elevation and Blacklist rules could be configured for the same target application. In this case, Blacklisting takes precedence over Instant Elevation and prevents the application from starting. For more information about creating Blacklisting rules, see Using the Create Rule Wizard.

Configuring privileged application discovery

  1. Click Next to use the Filters tab to filter out Application Discovery data according to different application specific criteria.

    On the Filters tab, select the check box to enable application filters.

    Enter filter criteria in one or more of the available boxes (Executable path contains, Product name contains, Publisher name contains, and File description contains).

    An application only needs to meet a single filter criteria in order for its Application Discovery data to be filtered out. A comma delimiter can be used to enter multiple criteria in each filter box.

    NOTE: The Privilege Manager Client does not transmit any Application Discovery data for one or more applications that meet any of the existing filter criteria.

Use the Privileged Application Discovery Settings Wizard to collect information about the privileged applications used over your network during a specified time period. By default, once this feature is enabled, it is set to collect information for two weeks, but you can adjust the setting. To access the wizard from the Getting Started screen, select the Setup Tasks tab and then double-click the Privileged Application Discovery Settings Wizard. Follow the prompts or see the Administrator Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Configuring approved privileged applications

Processing discovered privileged applications

Use the Privileged Application Discovery screen under the Discovery & Remediation tab to process the privileged applications that were reported by the client computers. If these applications are approved and need to continue even after the least-privileged environment is in place, use this screen to automatically create and assign Elevation rules to appropriate groups. If a discovered application is not approved for use in the least privileged environment, you can ignore these applications and they will no longer display. Follow the prompts or see the Administrator Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Deploying rules

To create the default rules provided by Privilege Manager, use the Create GPO with Default Rules Wizard. To access the wizard from the Getting Started screen, select the Setup Tasks tab and then double-click Create GPO with default rules. Follow the prompts or see the Administrator Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Removing local admin rights

The last step in preparing your environment for least privileged use is to remove administrative access from users who no longer require it.

Using the Active Directory Users and Computers utility

Use the Windows utility Active Directory Users and Computers, installed on Windows Server operating systems such as Windows 2008, to scrub the Domain Administrators group of users that should no longer be given administrative rights to every computer in the domain. Select Domain Admins Properties > Members tab > Remove.

  1. Click the Discover Accounts in local Administrator groups button to discover users and domain groups with local administrator rights. By default, the search results will only include domain users and domain groups. However, you can optionally opt to include local and built-in (for informational purposes only) users.


Using the Users with Local Admin Rights screen

Under the Discovery & Remediation tab on the Console, select the Users with Local Admin Rights screen to discover which domain users have been assigned to the local Administrators group on client computers and remove them. See the Administrator Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Congratulations! You are now running in a least privileged use environment.

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