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Disabling the My Computer connection

The "My Computer" connection is created during the initial installation and is required for Agents to access content on the user's local desktop. Jobs running on Remote Sites and Managers may also use this connection. However, there are important security implications - a user with permissions for this connection can access any file on the system on which it is running, including system files. Access includes both read and write permissions.


If the "My Computer" connection will not be used, it is recommended that the connection be disabled or deleted. This applies to both Managers and Remote Sites. To disable or delete the connection:

  1. Open a connection to the DataHub database via command line or management console
  2. Perform one of the following actions on the Connections table, where ConnectionID equals '5dc531df34554edd96c31272262ad950':
    1. Delete the record 
    2. Set the IsActive value to 0 (zero) 


It is also recommended that users be created in the context of a group. This avoids security issues associated with implicit access to the "My Computer" connection by global administrators. See Access Control - Groups, Roles, and Permissions for additional information.

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