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XTAM Privileged Record Containers: Folders and Vaults

XTAM provides containers to make the organization, sharing and management of many records more easy. For example, all managed records, endpoints or accounts that are specific to your IT department can be saved in a container named IT Dept. Or if you are a MSP or MSSP managing multiple customers, then you can save and secure all of your customer’s records in their own customer named container. These containers can be created in the form of either a Folder or a Vault.

XTAM PAM Containers - Folders vs Vaults

While both Folder and Vault containers provide a similar look, they do offer distinct uses as this article will describe. Please read through the list of differences to help determine if your needs better fit with the use of a Folder, a Vault or a combination of both in XTAM.

  • Vaults can only be created in the XTAM root folder. You may create a (sub-)Folder in a Vault, but you cannot create a Vault within a Folder.
  • Vaults can only be created and deleted by System Administrators.
  • Vaults have a different color and icon compared to Folders so they can be more easily identifiable.
  • Vaults are created with unique permissions. When a new Vault is created, it will include the permissions assigned to the XTAM Root Folder at the time of creation, but it will not be set to Inherit modifications made to these permissions.
  • Vaults can be used as Proximity Group Selectors while Folders cannot. Proximity Groups allow for remote session managers to be deployed to isolated networks so records within these Vaults will have their traffic routed to the specified network without opening standard ports which can be then be found and used by threats.
  • Cross-vault shadow account usage is not allowed. This means if you have a task running on a record in Vault A, it cannot be configured to use a Shadow Account record from Vault B.
  • You can disable this blocker by adding the following line to your <XTAM_HOME>/web/conf/ file and then restarting the pam management service:


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