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Vault credentials

  • 1.  Vault credentials

    Posted Thu January 21, 2021 11:18 PM
    What is the difference between Credentials and vault credentials in the web client?

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    Nisala Chamath Jayasinghe
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  • 2.  RE: Vault credentials

    Posted Fri January 22, 2021 02:47 AM
    Credentials are used to unlock target machines (for instance when scheduling a bot) while the Vault Credentials can be used within a bot to get access to applications (using the Get Vault Item command)

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    nordine vandezande
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  • 3.  RE: Vault credentials

    Posted Fri January 22, 2021 05:31 AM
    OK then what is the use of parameters option in configuration tab?

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    Nisala Chamath Jayasinghe
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  • 4.  RE: Vault credentials

    Posted Fri January 22, 2021 05:42 AM
    Hello Nisala!

    Parameters are used to share centralized "directives" / properties to all of the bots. E.g. what is the common folder to store / read some specific business data from etc. Then if somethings are changing, you just need to update the parameter and all bots will be able to use the updated information.

    The parameters are accessed using the commands Get Parameter / Get Parameters.

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    Jukka Juselius
    Senior Solution Architect - IBM EMEA
    WDG Automation Program Lead for EMEA
    IBM Technology - Business Automation
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  • 5.  RE: Vault credentials

    Posted Fri January 22, 2021 05:33 AM
    Indeed, but "Credentials" can also be used by your bot. Let me clarify.

    There are two types of application credentials that you can use: 1) credentials securely stored within the tenant repository (named "Credentials" in the web console) and 2) vault credentials that are actually targeted to be used in attended automation. The latter ones are just declared in the web console as a placeholders for the credentials that then the attended bot user can securely manage within the local credential vault in the computer used.

    Then, within your script, using the Get Vault Item -command, you can decide the source for a credential that you want to use by enabling / disabling the System switch in the command configuration. If the System switch is enabled, your bot will look the credential from the "system vault" (Credentials) and if not, from the local vault (Vault Credentials).


    I hope this clarifies the situation.

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    Jukka Juselius
    Senior Solution Architect - IBM EMEA
    WDG Automation Program Lead for EMEA
    IBM Digital Business Automation
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