Upgrading the Authentication Client

Upgrading the Specops Authentication Client follows the same procedure as the initial installation.

The Specops Authentication Client is installed with an MSI-based installer. Note that upgrading the Specops Authentication Client will overwrite the installed Client.

If installed, the Specops Authentication Client can be found in “Add/Remove Programs” or “Programs and Features” from within the Windows Control Panel. Versions and releases may vary.

Older versions of the Specops Authentication Client can be identified as “Specops uReset Client” or “Specops Password Client.”

The Specops Authentication Client can be used across the following Specops Software products:

  • Specops Password Reset
  • Specops Password Policy
  • Specops uReset

Upgrading the Specops Authentication Client

Organizations using Specops Password Policy only, need to deploy the Specops Authentication Client MSI. The CefSharp Runtime MSI is not required for this scenario.

Organizations using Specops uReset or Specops Password Reset, need to deploy the CefSharp Runtime MSI in addition to the Specops Authentication Client MSI. The CefSharp Runtime MSI is required by the Secured Browser used for resetting passwords.

Since the Specops Authentication Client uses a specific version of the CefSharp Runtime MSI, it is important to deploy the latest CefSharp Runtime MSI at the same time or before deploying the Specops Authentication Client MSI.

While the Specops Authentication Client MSI only can be installed with exactly 1 version, multiple versions of the CefSharp Runtime MSI can be installed at the same time. The purpose with this is to simplify deployment in a larger organization.

The recommended flow for upgrading the Specops Authentication Client is:

  1. Deploy the latest CefSharp Runtime MSI, if it's not already deployed
  2. Deploy the latest Specops Authentication Client MSI
  3. Undeploy any previous versions of the CefSharp Runtime MSI, if necessary

When using Specops Authentication Client in conjunction with a password reset tool:

The latest CefSharp browser runtime version is required if Specops uReset/Specops Password Reset is used (Specops Password Policy only customers don't need the CefSharp browser runtime). It is recommended to deploy the CefSharp browser runtime before the Specops Authentication Client itself.

Installation/upgrade behavior for CefSharp browser runtime has been changed. Installing a newer CefSharp runtime will no longer replace the older installed runtime. Instead, multiple CefSharp browser versions can co-exist. The intention is to be able to do a rollout in an organization, where the new CefSharp browser first is deployed. Once deployed, the Specops Authentication Client can be upgraded. This will make it easier to make sure that the Specops Authentication Client works on all computers during an upgrade, regardless of whether the latest CefSharp browser runtime has been deployed yet or not.

The Specops Authentication Client needs to be installed on the organization’s client computers, either by installing manually or by deploying using a deployment tool.

Downloading the Specops Authentication Client

Download the MSI from the download page directly. Users installing Specops Password Policy can also access the download page via the Password Policy installer's Download Client Installation Files section.

Deploying the Specops Authentication Client

To deploy the Specops Authentication Client to all users, use GPSI, Specops Deploy/App, or any other deployment tool. Specops Authentication Client supports silent install when deploying using a deployment tool. The client MSI can be deployed silently using standard MSI switches (e.g. /qn). There are no Specops command line parameters for the MSI installation.

Manually Installing or upgrading the Specops Authentication Client

  1. Open the Specops Authentication Client Setup wizard you just downloaded (.msi file)
  2. In the wizard, click Next.
  3. Accept the License Agreement by checking the checkbox, and click Next.
  4. Select the location where the Client should be installed (default path is C:\Program Files\Specopssoft\Specops Authentication Client\), then click Next.
  5. Click Install.
  6. Once the installation has completed, click Finish.

Configuring the Specops Authentication Client

The Specops Authentication Client can be configured using the administrative template in the Group Policy Management Console. For more information on its configuration, please refer to the Specops Authentication Client page.