Installation

This document will guide you through the process of installing Specops Password Policy.

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Key components

Key components

Specops Password Policy consists of the following components and does not require any additional servers or resources in your environment.

Specops Password Policy Administration Tools: Used to configure the central aspects of the solution and enable the creation of Specops Password Policy Settings in Group Policy Objects.

Specops Password Policy Sentinel: Ensures that password change requests comply with the Specops Password Policy assigned to the user object through Group Policy.

Specops Password Client: Displays the password policy rules when a user fails to meet the policy criteria when changing their password. The Client also notifies users when their passwords are about to expire.

Note: The Specops Password Client is an optional component.

Requirements

Your organization’s environment must meet the following system requirements:

ItemRequirement
Administration Tools• Windows Vista or later
• .Net Framework 4.5 or later
• Active Directory and Users and Computers snap-in
• Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
Sentinel• Domain Controller 2003 SP2 or later
• Writable domain controller
Password Client• Windows Vista or later
• .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 or later
Installing Specops Password Policy

Installing Specops Password Policy

During installation, Specops Password Policy will launch the Setup Assistant. The Setup Assistant will help you install the following components for Specops Password Policy:

  • Administration Tools
  • Sentinel
  • Password Client
  1. Download the Setup Assistant.
  2. Save and Run the Setup Assistant on your server.
    Note: By default, the file is extracted to C:\temp\SpecopsPasswordPolicy_Setup_[VersionNumber]
  3. Double click SpecopsPasswordPolicy.Setup.exe to launch the Setup Assistant.
  4. To begin, click Start Installation in the Specops Setup Assistant dialog box, and Accept the End User License Agreement.

Installing the Administration Tools

Installing the Administration Tools will install the Domain Administration tool and the GPMC snap-in. You can use the Domain Administration tool to manage configurations that apply to your entire domain including your license information, templates, and Password Policy Sentinel installations. You can use the GPMC snap-in to configure password policies in a Group Policy Object (GPO). The GPO can then be applied to your entire domain or a part of your domain.

The Administration Tools should be installed on the computer that you want to administer the product from.

Install the Administration Tools

  1. In the main menu, select Administration tools.
  2. If you want Specops Password Policy to register the Specops Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) Menu Extension, click Add menu ext.

Note: This will allow Specops to add the Specops Display Specifiers in the configuration partition of your Active Directory forest allowing you to administer the product directly from the right-click menu of Active Directory objects. In order to add the menu extension to Active Directory the user running the Setup Assistant must be an Enterprise Administrator.

  1. Click Install.
  2. In the Installation succeeded dialog box, click OK.

Installing the Sentinel

The Sentinel is a password filter at the domain controllers which verifies whether the new password matches the Specops Password Policy settings assigned to the user. You should install the Sentinel on all writable domain controllers in your domain.

Install the Sentinel

  1. In the main menu, select Domain Controller Sentinel.
  2. To install the Sentinel on all writable domain controllers in your domain you can:
    Option Step
    Create a network share on the local computer and copy the sentinel msi-package to the new network share 1.    Click Create Share.

    2.    Select a local path to create the share for, and click OK.

    3.    Click Select share.

    4.    Verify that the network path to the network share you created is correct, and click OK.

    Option Step
    Select an existing network share and manually copy the msi-package to the existing network share 1.    Click Select Share.

    2.    Browse to the location of the msi-package, and click OK.

    Note: The default installer extraction path is:

    C:\temp\SpecopsPassword_Setup_[VersionNumber]\

  3. Select the domain controllers you want to install the Sentinel on, and click Install.
    Note: You must reach the remote domain controllers through Remote Protocol Connection (RPC).
  4. Verify that the Sentinel state for the selected domain controllers has changed to “Installed.”
    Note: If the Sentinel state for the selected domain controllers has changed to install, but the icon next to the component hasn’t changed, you can continue to the next step.

Post-installation: You must reboot your domain controllers once you have installed the Sentinel.

Installing the Client

Installing the Client will allow Specops to display the password policy rules when a user fails to meet the policy criteria when changing their password. The client will also notify users when their passwords are about to expire.

Deploy the Client using GPSI

You can automatically configure an existing Group Policy Object with Software Installation settings to deploy the Client in your domain. Alternatively, you can use another deployment solution to install the client on the computers in your organization by downloading the msi-files. See Deploy the Client using Specops Deploy / App or other deployment tools for more information.

  1. In the main menu, select Deploy Specops Password Client using GPSI.
  2. To select the Group Policy Object that will be used to deploy the client, click Select GPO. You will be given the following options:
    Option Step
    Create New GPO 1.    Click Create New GPO.

    2.    Enter a new Group Policy Object name.

    3.    Select the location you want to link the Group Policy object to.

    4.    Click OK.

    Option Step
    Select an existing GPO 1.    Select an existing GPO from the list.

    2.    Select a link for the chosen GPO, and click OK.

  3. Click Download… to download the installation files for the Client.
    • In the dialog box, click Download Files.
    • When the dialog box is complete, click OK.

      Note: The files are copied to: C:\temp\SpecopsPasswordPolicy_Setup[VersionNumber]\products\specopspasswordpolicy

  4. To install the Client on all computers in your organization you can:
    Option Step
    Create a network share on the local computer and copy the sentinel msi-package to the new network share 1.    Click Create Share.

    2.    Select a local path to create the share for, and click OK.

    3.    Click Select share.

    4.    Verify that the network path to the network share you created is correct, and click OK.

    Option Step
    Select an existing network share and manually copy the msi-package to the existing network share 1.    Click Select Share

    2.    Browse to the location of the msi-package, and click OK.

    Note: It is recommended that you use a Distributed File Share (DFS). If DFS is used with load balancing verify that the setup files are copied to all servers before proceeding.

  5. To create the packages for x86 and x64 deployments in the selected GPO, click Add Settings.
    Note: The Client Side Extension MSI will be deployed through a computer software installation and may not take effect until the computers have been restarted.

Deploy the Client using Specops Deploy / App or other deployment tools

If you are not deploying using Group Policy Software Installation (GPSI), you can download the Client for alternative deployment methods, such as Specops Deploy.

  1. Download the Specops Client:
    https://download.specopssoft.com/Release/Client/Specops.uReset.Client-x64.msi
    https://download.specopssoft.com/Release/Client/Specops.uReset.Client-x86.msi
  2. Double click the Specops.uReset.Client-x64 or Specops.uReset.Client-x86 Windows Installer Package.
  3. Accept the terms in the License Agreement, and click Install.
  4. Click Finish.
Post-installation

Please complete the following tasks after you have installed Specops Password Policy:

  1. Reboot your domain controllers if you have not already done so.
  2. Enter your license key in the Domain Administration tool and enable the policy.

Note: You will receive an error prompting you to enter a valid license key once installation is complete.

  1. Verify that the appropriate Group Policy Objects are linked to the OUs containing the correct managed users.
  2. Configure your built-in domain password policy to the lowest settings you wish to use in your Specops Password Policies.

Note: This will allow the client to display the Specops Password Policy rules when a user fails to meet the policy criteria when changing their password. If you do not configure your built-in domain password policy to the lowest setting, the built-in password policy rules will appear.