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The Credentials window allows you to manage the administrator Deploy User credentials used for deployments and schedules. PDQ Deploy can store multiple sets of credentials that can be used for different deployments and schedules.

IMPORTANT: PDQ Deploy can use only one set of credentials for each deployment; therefore, you must create separate deployments for targets that require different credentials. For more detailed information about Run As settings, see Run As in Deployments Preferences.

NOTE: PDQ encrypts all sensitive information (passwords) when they are stored in the PDQ Deploy database. We use industry standard AES encryption with three separate keys to keep your data safe. One key is built into the application, one key is stored in the database, and the third is stored in the registry. These last two keys are generated when the application is installed and are unique to your system.

To access the Credentials window, click Options > Credentials.



Edit Credentials

Click Edit Credentials to edit an existing credential.

Add Credentials

Click Add Credentials to add a new set of administrator credentials that PDQ Deploy may use for deployments and schedules.

Credential definitions include the administrator domain, username, and password. You may optionally provide a description to help you identify the credentials.

Note: PDQ Deploy can use both local and domain administrator accounts. Credentials are considered to be local if they have no domain or if they have a domain that starts with a period (.). When local administrator credentials are used, the target computer name is added to the user name.

For a demonstration of managing credentials in PDQ Deploy, see the following video.

VIDEO: PDQ Credentials: What they are, and what they do


Click Test Credentials in the Add Credentials dialog to validate the current username and password.

If the username and password belong to a local account, PDQ Deploy asks you to provide a computer name on which to test the credentials.

If the account is in the same domain as the currently logged on user or it is in a domain to which the currently logged on user has administrative rights, PDQ Deploy validates the username and password in Active Directory.

If the account is in a domain that isn’t accessible from the computer where PDQ Deploy is running or if the credentials belong to a local administrator account on another computer, you are prompted for the name of the computer to use to verify the username and password.

IMPORTANT: The Test Credentials option tests only the username and password. It does not verify the user account has administrator privileges.

Set Default

Designates the selected account as the default Deploy User set of credentials.

The default credentials are used for schedules and deployments when no other credentials are specified.

Remove Credentials


Click Remove Credentials to remove the selected user name from the PDQ Deploy Credentials list.

NOTE: The Deploy User default credentials cannot be removed. You must first designate another set of credentials as the default. If there is only one credentials set, it cannot be deleted.


Learn more about LAPS

Click this link to be directed to an article on the Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) integration between PDQ Inventory and PDQ Deploy. While LAPS is not a native setting within PDQ Deploy, it can be used for deployments when configured properly in PDQ Inventory and when Use PDQ Inventory Scan User credentials first, when available is selected in PDQ Deploy.

NOTE: Use of PDQ Inventory Scan User credentials requires both PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory in Enterprise mode. For Central Server, both PDQ Deploy and PDQ Inventory must have Central server activated.




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