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Permissions Required for Running the Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy Configuration Wizard

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Mac Management

Information

A user that will be running the Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy Configuration Wizard must have specific permissions. This article lists these permissions and describes how to insure that the requirements are met.

The material presented here considers two possible scenarios:

  • The Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy is configured for the first time;
  • The Proxy has been previously configured and you want to reconfigure it using a different user account.

Some of the requirements described here apply to the first scenario only and some apply to both. Simply follow the instructions that correspond to your configuration and skip those that don't.

Note: When creating (or choosing) a user that will configure the Proxy, consider the following. If Parallel Configuration Manager Proxy and Active Directory will run on different computers, permissions must be granted directly to the user or to a custom group (not a built-in group, like Administrators) to which the user belongs. If the Proxy and AD will run on the same server, you can add the user to a built-in group.

Create a Domain User

The user configuring Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy must be a domain user. To create a domain user:

  1. On the computer running Active Directory, click Start > Administrative Tools > Server Manager.
  2. In the Server Manager window, navigate to Roles / Active Directory Domain Services / Active Directory Users and Computers / <domain-name>.
  3. Right-click Users and select New > User in the context menu.
  4. In the New Object - User dialog, type Full name, User logon name, and click Next.
  5. Type the password in Password and Confirm password fields and click Next.
  6. Click Finish.

Local Administrator Rights

The user must have administrative rights on the computer where the Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy will be installed:

  1. Log into the computer that will run the Proxy.
  2. Open Server Manager and navigate to Configuration / Local Users and Groups / Groups.
  3. Right-click the Administrators group and select Properties in the context menu.
  4. In the Select Users dialog, click Add and add the domain user you've created earlier. Click OK and click OK again.

DCOM Remote Activation Permission

The user must have the DCOM Remote Activation permission:

  1. On the computer where the SMS Provider is installed, click Start > Administrative Tools > Component Services.
  2. In the Component Services window, navigate to Console Root / Component Services / Computers / My Computer / DCOM Config. Scroll down to Windows Management and Instrumentation, right-click it, and then click Properties in the context menu.
  3. Click the Security tab. The Launch and Activation Permissions section will have either the Use Default or the Customize option selected depending on your server configuration. Set the DCOM Remote Activation permission for the user as follows:

    • If the Customize option is selected, click the Edit button, then add the user to the list and grant the user the Remote Activation permission.
    • If the Use Default option is selected, close this window and do the following:

      a. In the Component Services window, navigate to Console Root / Component Services / Computers. Right-click My Computer and click Properties in the context menu.

      b. Click the COM Security tab.

      c. In the Launch and Activation Permissions section, click Edit Default.

      d. Add the user to the list and grant the user Remote Activation permission.

Administrative Rights in SCCM

The user must have Full Administrator rights in Configuration Manager:

  1. Log into the computer running the Configuration Manager console.
  2. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to Administration / Overview / Security.
  3. Right-click Administrative Users and click Add User or Group in the context menu.
  4. In the Add User or Group dialog, click Browse, find the domain user that you created earlier, and then click OK. The user will appear in the User or group name field in the Add User or Group dialog.
  5. Click the Add... button in the Assigned security roles section.
  6. In the Available security roles list, select Full Administrator and click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the Add User or Group dialog.

Permissions in Active Directory

The user must have the necessary permissions in Active Directory. These permissions are required to create Parallels Mac Management-specific containers in AD and to manipulate data in these containers.

To grant the permissions:

  1. Open ADSI Edit by clicking Start > Administrative Tools > ADSI Edit.

  2. Verify that the following container exists: DC=<domain> / DC=<com> / CN=System / CN=ParallelsServices. Depending on the result, do one of the following:

    • If the container doesn't exist, grant the user the Create All Child Objects and Read permissions on the CN=System container. When granting these permissions to the user, apply it to This object and all descendant object.

    • If the container exists:

      a. Make sure the user have Read, Write, and Create All Child Objects permissions on it.

      b. Make sure the user has the Full Control permission on the CN=ParallelsServices / PmaConfigMgrProxy-<site_code> container.

  3. Verify that the DC=<domain> / DC=<com> / CN= Program Data / CN=Parallels container exists:

    • If the container doesn't exist, grant the user the Create All Child Objects and Read permissions on the CN=Program Data container. When granting these permissions to the user, apply it to This object and all descendant object.

    • If the CN=Parallels container exists:

      a. Verify that the CN=Parallels / CN=Parallels Management Suite container exists. If it doesn't, grant the user the Create All Child Objects and Read permissions on CN=Parallels container.

      b. If the CN=Parallels / CN=Parallels Management Suite container exists, make sure that the user has Read, Write, and Create All Child Objects permissions on it.

Permissions to Read/Write Service Principle Name

The user must have permissions to read/write Service Principle Name. These permissions are required for the RBAC functionality. The Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy service account must have a registered Service Principle Name (SPN) for Kerberos connections. By default (with some exceptions) users are not permitted to register SPN to their own accounts.

To grant the permissions:

  1. Open ADSI Edit by clicking Start > Administrative Tools > ADSI Edit.

  2. Locate the required object:

    • If you specify a user as a service account during the configuration, you should locate this user object.

    Note: The user object you select in this step must be the object of the user that will be used to run the service, not of the user that will be used to configure it. If you'll be using the same user to configure and to run the Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy service, then select the domain user object that you created in previous steps.

    • If you choose LocalSystem as a service account during the configuration, you should locate the computer object you are running Proxy on.
  3. Right-click the object, select Properties in the context menu, and then click the Security tab in the user properties dialog.
  4. Add the user that will be configuring the Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy to the Group or user names list and then click the Advanced button.
  5. In the Advanced Security Settings dialog, select the user that you added to the list in the previous step and click the Edit button.
  6. In the Permission Entry dialog, click the Properties tab.
  7. In the Apply to drop-down list, select This object only.
  8. In the Permissions list, select the following permissions:

    • Read servicePrincipalName
    • Write servicePrincipalName
  9. Click OK, then OK, and then OK again to close all dialogs.

MS SQL Server Permissions

The user must have necessary permissions in MS SQL Server. These permissions are needed to create and use a database storing the Parallels Mac Management data.

Assign the user to the dbcreator and securityadmin role as follows:

  1. Run SQL Server Management Studio by clicking Start > All Programs > Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2.
  2. Connect to the SQL server.
  3. Verify that the user that will be configuring the Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy exists in Security / Logins. If the user doesn't exist, add the user to the Logins list. To do so, right-click Logins and then click New Login. Select Windows authentication and specify the Login name as domain\username, or click Search to search for the user. Click OK when done.
  4. Navigate to Security / Logins, right-click the user that will configure Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy, and then click Properties in the context menu.
  5. In the left pane, click Server Roles.
  6. In the right pane, select dbcreator and securityadmin server roles.
  7. Click OK to apply changes and to close the dialog.

If you have previously configured Parallels Mac Management Proxy on this site, then the Parallels Mac Management database should already exist in this SQL Server instance. To verify this, connect to the SQL Server and look for a database named "PMM_<site_code>" (where <site_code> is your SCCM site code). If a database with such a name exists, then perform the steps below. If the database doesn't exist, skip to the next section.

Assuming that the "PMM_<site_code>" database exists, grant the user the necessary permissions on it as follows:

  1. In Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, navigate to Security / Logins.
  2. Right-click the user that will configure the Proxy and click Properties.
  3. In the left pane, click User Mapping.
  4. In the right pane, select the "PMM_<site_code>" database (select the Map checkbox) and then select the following roles in the Database role membership list:

    • db_datareader
    • db_datawriter
    • db_ddladmin
    • db_owner
    • public
  5. Click OK.

Administrative Rights in Authorization Manager

If the Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy has been configured previously and the Authorization Store exists, the user configuring the Proxy must be assigned to the Administrator role in Authorization Manager. To assign the user to the Administrator role:

  1. Start Microsoft Management Console (run mmc.exe).
  2. In the MMC, click File > Add/Remove Snap-in...
  3. Select Authorization Manager in the Available snap-ins list and click Add >.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Right-click Authorization Manager and then click Open Authorization Store...
  6. Select Active Directory or Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) and click Browse.
  7. Select CN=Authorization Store,CN=Parallels Management Suite,CN=Parallels,CN=Program Data, DC=<domain>,DC=<com>.
  8. Click OK and OK again to close the dialogs.
  9. Expand Authorization Manager in the left pane, right-click Authorization Store, and then click Properties.
  10. Click the Security tab.
  11. In the Authorization Manager user role drop-down list, select Administrator.
  12. Click Add and add the user that will configure the Proxy to the Users and groups that are assigned to this role list.
  13. Click OK to save the changes and close the dialog.

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