Windows Target

Overview

You can define a Windows target to be used with an RDP Rotated Secrets. Akeyless Windows Targets use WinRM by default over TLS. While Windows Secrets Rotation also supports SSH targets, for legacy environments, you can work with Akeyless Windows Targets instead.

Create a Windows Target in the CLI

To create a Windows target from the CLI, run the following command:

akeyless create-windows-target \
--name <target name> \ 
--hostname <Windows Hostname\IP> \
--username <Windows Local Username> \
--password <Password>

Where:

  • name: A unique name of the target. The name can include the path to the virtual folder where you want to create the new target, using slash / separators. If the folder does not exist, it will be created together with the target.

  • hostname: The Windows Server Hostname or IP address.

  • username: A local or domain Windows priviledge username.

  • password: The password of the Windows user.

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Note

WinRM TLS

By default, Windows targets are working with TLS. When using a self-signed certificate, you can either load the certificate to your Target, or mount the relevant certificate into your Gateway filesystem under etc/ssl/certs

You can find the complete list of parameters for this command in the CLI Reference - Akeyless Targets section.

Create a Windows Target in the Console

  1. Log in to the Akeyless Console, and go to Targets > New > Operating System (Windows).

  2. Define a Name of the target, and specify the Location as a path to the virtual folder where you want to create the new target, using slash / separators. If the folder does not exist, it will be created together with the target.

  3. Select a Protection key with a Customer Fragment to enable Zero-Knowledge and click Next.
    For more information about Zero-Knowledge, see Implement Zero Knowledge.

  4. Define the remaining parameters as follows:

  • Hostname ,Port , Username and Domain to set up the connection.

  • TLS: Check to work with TLS and load your CA certificate.

  1. Click Finish.

Troubleshooting

While facing connection errors, make sure that WinRM is enabled and that the relevant port is opened i.e. 5985 for WinRM or 5986 for winRM over TLS and not blocked by a Firewall rule.

Check WinRM Service Status:

Get-Service -Name WinRM
winrm get winrm/config

Verify that the service is configured to listen on the desired address and port.

Test WinRM Connectivity:

Test-WSMan
# and from a remote server run:
Test-WSMan -ComputerName <RemoteComputer>

Test-NetConnection -ComputerName <RemoteComputer> -Port 5985

Replace <RemoteComputer> with the actual hostname or IP address of the remote machine and use the Test-NetConnection cmdlet to check if WinRM is listening on the default ports (5985 for HTTP and 5986 for HTTPS).

Check Firewall Rules:

Ensure that the firewall on the target machine allows WinRM traffic. You can use the following command to check firewall rules:

Get-NetFirewallRule | Where-Object { $_.DisplayName -like "*WinRM*" }

Check Windows Event Logs:

Inspect the Windows Event Logs for WinRM-related events that might provide additional information about any issues:

Get-EventLog -LogName "Windows PowerShell" -Source "Microsoft-Windows-WinRM"