Windows

Use the instructions below to manually install the Password Boss app

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Quick Notes - Read First

When installing via an RMM, keep these details in mind.
The RMM installer is split into two pieces

  1. A pre-installer that needs to run with admin rights, and can be run at any time, meaning the user does not need to be logged in.
  2. The actual app installer. The app is installed into the user's Windows profile directory, this means the user must be logged in to install Password Boss. The user does NOT need admin rights if the pre-installer has already run on the PC.

Installing the Windows app

  • The Password Boss Windows installer is available as both an EXE and an MSI.
  • Both versions of the installer can be installed silently by adding the command line parameters listed below to the installer.
  • The initial install requires admin rights for the user unless you use the PreInstaller via an RMM or other deployment tool in which case the Password Boss app can be installed without admin rights.
  • Subsequent updates to the app once it is installed do not require admin rights.
    • The Windows installer (both EXE and MSI versions) is a 2-part installer. The stub installer, EXE or MSI, rarely changes and can be added to your deployment tools. When the stub installer runs it will download the latest version of the actual application from our servers so each install is always installing the latest version of the app.

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Prerequisites - Windows

Password Boss requires Visual C++ 2013 32-Bit* and .Net 4.7.2** to be installed on each workstation. Both applications will be installed automatically during a manual install.

If you are deploying with an RMM or other scripted install where the end-users do not have admin rights to their workstations, you will want to make sure these applications are installed before deploying Password Boss.

Manual Install

  1. Visit https://www.passwordboss.com/download. The website will detect which operating system you are using and will download the correct installer for you.
  2. After downloading the installer, run the file and follow the prompts to install.

RMM Deployment

Deploying Password Boss with your RMM removes the requirement that the end-users need admin rights for the install. The installation process is a two-step process where the portions of Password Boss that require admin rights are installed using the PreInstaller, which runs as an admin or Local System, and the main client app installer that runs as the end-user.

  • The PreInstaller can be run in bulk on all managed workstations in advance of the actual client app deployment.

  • The PreInstaller does not have any UI, installs silently, and will not be listed in Add/Remove Programs.

  • The PreInstaller makes all of the registry changes that need admin rights. The PreInstaller MUST be run with admin or Local System permissions

  • The settings changed by the PreInstaller can be removed by running the PreInstaller with a /uninstall switch.

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Deploying Password Boss via RMM is a 2 step process

Step 1 - Deploy PBPreInstaller.exe as admin or system.
Step 2 - Deploy Password_Boss.exe (or .msi) as the end-user while they are logged in. Do not deploy Password_Boss.exe as admin or system.

Install Steps

  1. Download the PreInstaller
  2. Run the PreInstaller once per managed workstations using your RMM. No command lines or parameters are needed for the install.
  • If needed for troubleshooting, you can enable logging for the PreInstaller by adding a /verbose parameter. Logs are stored in the %TEMP% folder and named PasswordBoss-PreInstall-[Date]{Time].log.
  1. Install the client app using the instructions below for either EXE or MSI deployment. The client app MUST be run as the end-user or the application will not work for the user.

Scripted Deployment

MSI

  1. Download the MSI installer
  2. The installer should be named Password_Boss.msi
  3. To run the installer silently add the EXEOPTIONS=" /q2" parameter when you execute the installer:
/path/to/Password_Boss.msi EXEOPTIONS="/q2" 

**replace the "/path/to" with the path to where you downloaded the file to**

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Note - Case SeNsiTiVe

EXEOPTIONS must be passed as UPPERCASE.

  1. To deploy the Password Boss app to remote devices, invoke the installer with the silent option from your preferred software distribution solution.
  2. The installer will automatically download the latest version of Password Boss from the internet during the install process so your users are always installed with the current version.

EXE

  1. Download the EXE installer
  2. The installer is named Password_Boss.exe
  3. To run the installer silently add the /q2 parameter when you execute the installer:
/path/to/Password_Boss.exe /q2

**replace the "/path/to" with the path to where you downloaded the file to**
  1. To deploy the Password Boss app to remote devices, invoke the installer with the silent option from your preferred software distribution solution.
  2. The installer will automatically download the latest version of Password Boss from the internet during the install process so your users are always installed with the current version.