This chapter introduces you to the PxM Platform, covering:
The PxM Platform is a privileged user management system that allows you to implement a least-privilege user model when granting user access to devices across your infrastructure.
The PxM Virtual Appliance provides an easy to use Web Management Interface for administrators, allowing you to quickly configure and manage user access to devices and device tasks.
The PxM Platform ensures users never need to know the password of privileged account credentials for devices, enabling secure access and eliminating the risk posed through shared privileged account credentials.
The PxM Platform also provides a comprehensive audit trail, including session recording, allowing you to review and analyse end-to-end accountability of your users’ access and knowing who did what, when and where. Along with our behaviour analytics reporting feature, user access can be adjusted and improved, ensuring a least-privilege model to be easily implemented.
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1.2. Accessing the Web Management Interface
The Web Management Interface is accessed through the PxM Client or web login. Only authorised administrators will have full access to the interface functionality and administrative tasks. An authorised administrator is a user who has the Role: Superadmin access level.
For more information about PxM Platform access levels, see Introducing the Web Management Interface.
If this is a new PxM Virtual Appliance, and it is the first time you are logging on, then you will need the primary superadmin account details to start creating user accounts.
During the initial configuration phase of the PxM Virtual Appliance setup, a primary superadmin user account was created and given a password. This user is locally authenticated and is used to log on to PxM and access the Web Management Interface.
Use the primary superadmin account to create personalised user accounts, then log off from the PxM and log back in using your personal account created.
The primary superadmin account should NOT be used by users to manage the PxM Virtual Appliance, as it won’t give individual user accountability and auditing.