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As our readers are probably already aware, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access has been removed from environments, and you will no longer be able to RDP into the environment virtual machines from Lifecycle Services (LCS). This also means these virtual machines can no longer be used to connect to the database which is useful for ad-hoc queries and troubleshooting. With these changes, we have to use the just-in-time (JIT) database access which allows you to create a new type of temporary firewall rule in LCS so you can connect from anywhere. In the following steps, we will be connecting to the database using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). In case you need a link to download a copy, you can find it here. I’ve included walk throughs for adding JIT database access for both Microsoft managed and self-service environments. You can determine which type you have from the environment details screen for that environment in LCS.
Adding JIT database access in a Microsoft managed environment:
Click OK to close out of the notification where you will see a firewall rule screen and your new database access rule with expiry date. Click Close.
Adding JIT access in a self-service environment If you happen to be a newer customer to F&O, your environment type may be self-service instead of Microsoft managed. Enabling JIT database access to these environments is like Microsoft managed environments, but there is an additional step where you must request JIT access from the environment details page above the database access section. This additional step also creates your database access credentials that you will use to access the database.
You can click here for a link to the JIT database access documentation.
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