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Sneak Peek at PowerBroker Desktops 5.3 UI Enhancements

Posted August 8, 2012    Peter McCalister

Over the past several months, our development team in North Andover, MA, has been working hard on the next release of PowerBroker Desktops, which we plan on releasing in late August. The overarching theme for this release is enhancements to usability and aesthetics. Over the next several days, we will be posting a series of blogs that describe the new features in detail. Today, we’ll talk specifically about some of the new user interface elements in the product.

We have improved the user inteface in a few different ways to make it easier to navigate, reduce clicks, and make the product more intutive than ever. The first thing we did was consolodate some functionality that was spread accross several tabs. We have consolodated the Permissions, Privileges and Integrity Level tabs into what we call a Token tab. The token tab also includes the process security functionality that BeyondTrust pioneered several years ago. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like:

We also eliminated the Common Tab and moved the functionality to the first page in the UI, and new Action options to make it easier to manually create policies. The Action options now allow you to automatically set the appropriate permissions and privileges to elevate apps and drop rights on applications, without having to visit multiple tabs in the UI.

Several of you have been asking to be able to apply policy to groups of rules. We moved some common functionality to the collections level, so that you can apply functioanlity to multiple rules instead of just to each individual rule. In addtion to being able to apply a message box and Item Level Targeting to all of the rules in a collection, you can now apply a common action. All rules that get created within a collection inherit the action defined at the collection level.

These are just a few of the user interface improvments that will be released in the next version, and we are excited to get it in your hands to check out. In the next blog post, we will be describing some of the other improvemnts that we have made to the product, so stay tuned.

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