What ERPM Application Launcher does

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Application Launcher performs a few layers of functionality, which one can use all at once or only in pieces. In its simplest form, an Application Launcher scenario is used to launch an application using the correct rights and then pass the authenticated session with that application over to the end user. In some cases, this will simply mean launching the application with some parameters or using an explicit run as like call. For example, when launching PuTTY, one of the applications that is configured out of the box, you execute the application along with some command line parameters to specify the connection details, which come from ERPM’s secure library, and then the session running that application is passed to the user to use as if they had done it from their own desktop. This means there is no need for other scripting or mechanisms to make this work. Another example is something like PowerShell, which uses the credential context from its execution. Using the run as options offered at launch time, one can execute PowerShell on the Jump Server or locally as any user with rights to launch it. Again, no scripting is required. For many applications administrators wish to access, that will be how they are configured. The ones supplied out of the box serve as examples on how to make this work.

 

For many other applications, there is more interaction required. When you launch the application there may be a dialog box that comes up asking for username, password, and possibly more information. There are also web applications that require launching the browser and then interacting with the web pages through the DOM to navigate as if the system was a user to enter the authentication data. In those cases, a script is required to be used in conjunction with the passing of the data ERPM has. The script acts as an automation layer, taking the data passed and getting it to where it needs to go in the application UI or web page. We have delivered a number of those out of the box as well (the full list of all applications of any type we deliver out of the box is below). This is far from exhaustive though. Like the applications that would use the command line parameters or run as method, the scripts are able to be modified and extended to allow for many other similar and even more complex applications to be launched by the system. This does not require any changes to our product, only configuration at deployment time.

 

All this goes to say that the applications that can be managed by ERPM is limited only by the ability of scripts to interact with applications and passing data needed by applications from what ERPM knows. The ones we do manage out of the box are in the list, but this was never intended to act as a limit for what is possible. The intention has always been that the people deploying the solution should be able to add applications as easily as possible in order to meet the business needs they have.

 

List of default pre-configured applications:

Amazon AWS

APC PDU

ASUS-iKVM

Azure Billing

Azure Mgmt

BigFix

Bing Ads

Brother MFC

Dell - DRAC4

Dell - DRAC5

Dell - DRAC6

Dell - DRAC7

EMC Portal

Facebook

FreeNAS

Google Adwords

HP - iLO 100

HP - iLO2

hp 4180gl switch

Lexmark MX

MMC certmgr

Motorola DOCSIS

MySpace

NetApp Portal

Office 365

PeopleSoft

Pinterest

PowerShell

putty

SalesForce.com

SQL Server Management Studio

Terminal Services

Twitter

VNC

WebEx.com

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