Encrypting your network credentials

Modified on Fri, 22 Sep 2023 at 09:27 PM

If you want to give the credentials to somebody without telling the recipient the actual password to a network resource, DS-Client can accept input from an encrypted file. 

The recipient needs to know only the key (password) that unlocks the file.

For example: If your service provider is managing the DS-Client, and you do not want them to know the credentials, you can create an encrypted file (default filename: backup.key). You can supply this file to your service provider along with the password to use the backup.key.

The backup.key file is used in the Enter / Modify Credentials dialog box.

  1. Create an encrypted file.
    A software tool (filename: MakeKey.jar) is supplied for you to make the backup.key file.
    MakeKey.jar is located in the DS-User or DS-Client installation directory.
    The Java 2 Runtime Environment Version 1.4.2 or later must be installed on the local computer.
    Double click on the application icon and enter the information.
  2. Give the file to your service provider and tell them where to use it. They need to know the key that unlocks the file.

Note. Multiple encrypted key files can be created. Using descriptive names can help recipients know the right key to use.

If you want, you can use the same password (unlock key) for different backup key files, according to your requirements.

The encrypted file can be used when creating or editing backup sets.

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