SimplyPSO Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about SimplyPSO, U-BTech's free ADUC add-on for managing Fine-Grained Password Policies.

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Does SimplyPSO extend the Active Directory schema?

Absolutely not!

SimplyPSO adds configuration settings to Active Directory objects called displaySpecifiers.

You can read more about them here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727026.aspx

Which credentials do I need to provide within SimplyPSO installation, and why?

You should provide the credentials of a Domain Admin or equelivant, in order to perform changes in the Configuration partition of Active Directory.

This partition holds the objects called displaySpecifiers (see previous question).

SimplyPSO requires the credentials in order to make the required changes during setup.

The credentials are sent securely to the domain controller for authentication and are discarded immediately after the configuration changes.

The privleged user is required only once. In the first installation of SimplyPSO, or when upgrading to a newer version.

So each installation will require these credentials to install SimplyPSO ?

No. as stated in the previous question:

The privileged user is required only once. In the first installation of SimplyPSO , or when upgrading to a newer version.

You could issue a quick and silent install after running an installation with the required credentials with the following command:

msiexec.exe /i simplypso.msi /qb

Note: Local administrator permissions are still required for the installation.

What are the minimum requirements for installing SimplyPSO?

SimplyPSO as an application only requires that you have .NET Framework 2.0 or above installed and any version of Windows above and including Windows XP SP2 but having the ability to work with Password Settings Objects/Fine Grained Password Policies has a few requirements from Microsoft for your Active Directory infrastructure. To read more about Fine Grained Password Policies and the Microsoft requirements, follow this link:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770394(WS.10).aspx

I installed SimplyPSO but I don't see any changes in the action or properties menu. Why?

This is mostly caused by two reasons:

  • The credentials provided in the "Active Directory Authentication" screen during the installation were not privileged for the Configuration partition in Active Directory.
  • You're not using the default Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. If you've created custom management snap-ins, you might need to create them again.

I've seen a lot of tools that allow for PSO management. How is SimplyPSO any different?

You're right. There are some great tools out there to manage PSOs but SimplyPSO has two major advantages.

First of all it can be accessed seamlessly from the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in so you don't need any other management console.

The second reason is that it is completely free!

How can I find if there are any updates available to SimplyPSO?

Most of our tools are installed in secure server environments where Internet connectivity cannot be taken for granted. That's why we don't provide any automatic updating functions in our products. This might change in the future but for now all you have to do to find out if there is a new version available is to visit our website. Customers who purchased our retail products are automatically added to our mailing list and receive email notifications about updates and news.

SimplyPSO looks great. What is the licensing scheme for it?

SimplyPSO is completely free!!! Go wild, tell yourfriends about it... :)

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