GUI Introduction

The strongDM GUI is available for both Mac and Windows. Here is a quick overview of what you’ll see and how to use it.

Overview

Port overrides enabled

At the top of the window is the SDM status bar, which should read online (1). If it remains in reconnecting state indefinitely, please contact your administrator.

The datasources are listed by type, and each has a port number next to it (2), unless port overrides are disabled, in which case see the next section. To connect to a datasource, click its name and a green lightning bolt will appear, indicating that the port is now open. You can then proceed to use your existing database, SSH, or RDP client to connect.

Note: For Mac users, it is often more convenient to use the CLI to connect to SSH servers.

Finally, you may see a datasource picker link at the bottom of the window (3). If this bar is visible, it means that you may have more datasources available than are currently visible. Click it to open the datasource picker, described below.

Port Overrides

The screenshot above shows the strongDM client with port overrides enabled. In that configuration, each datasource has its own configured port. If port overrides are disabled, the window will look slightly different.

Port overrides disabled

In this configuration, when you click to connect to a datasource, it will use the default configured port for that datasource type (1). If you connect to another datasource of the same type, the first datasource will be disconnected.

To connect to multiple datasources of the same type in this configuration, you can drag the datasource name to the bottom of the strongDM window, where a green area will appear labeled create new port. Drop it here and the datasource will be connected to its own ad hoc port.

Ad hoc port

You can do this as many times as you like. When you’re finished, drag the datasource again to the newly appeared red zone labeled delete port to delete the custom mapping.

The SSH connection process is the same when port overrides are disabled, as SSH connections are always mapped to unique ports.

Picker Window

Datasource picker

In this window you can configure the datasources and servers visible in the main window. Click on each datasource to toggle its visibility: green is visible, blue is hidden.