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Configuring Secure SQL with Connect

It may be prudent to secure the connection between the Adobe Connect application servers and the SQL database.

Begin with the SQL server and then move onto the Connect server(s); if your SQL server is shared then begin with a change request to the DBA who has charge over the shared SQL environment. If your SQL database is already secure, you may skip Part I.

Part I. Securing the MS SQL Database Server:

First open the Certificates snap-in:

1. Open the MMC console, click Start, and then click Run; In the Run dialog box type:  MMC
2. From the  File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in….
3. Click Add, and then click Certificates. Click Add again.
4. You are prompted to open the snap-in for the current user account, the service account or for the computer account. Select the Computer Account.
5. Select Local Computer, and then click Finish.
6. Click Close in the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box.
7. Click OK in the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box. Your installed certificates are located in the Certificates folder in the Personal container.

Use the MMC snap-in to install the certificate on the server:

  1. Click to select the Personal folder in the left-hand pane.
  2. Right-click in the right-hand pane, point to All Tasks, and then click Request New Certificate….
  3. The Certificate Request Wizard dialog box opens. Click Next. Select Certificate type is “computer”.
  4. In the Friendly Name text box you can type a friendly name for the certificate or leave the text box blank, and then complete the wizard. After the wizard finishes, you will see the certificate in the folder with the fully qualified computer domain name.

You are done now with installation of certificate on the SQL server, next you will need to export the certificate so that the same can be imported in the Connect application server.

  1. Open MMC, and then locate your certificate in the Personal folder.
  2. Right-click the certificate name, and then click Open.
  3. Review the Certification Path tab. Note the top most item.
  4. Navigate to the Trusted Root Certification Authorities folder, and then locate the Certificate Authority noted in step 3..
  5. Right-click CA, point to All Tasks, and then click Export.
  6. Select all the defaults, and then save the exported file to a location where the Connect application server can gain access to it.

Configure SSL encryption in the MS SQL instance:

1. On the SQL server start menu open Microsoft SQL Server>Configuration Tools> SQL Server Configuration Manager:


2. Expand SQL Server Network Configuration, then right-click Protocols for MSSQLSERVER, and choose Properties. Select the Flags tab and change the Force Encryption setting to Yes.


3. Under the Certificate tab, choose the certificate created earlier from the drop down list:


The database is now ready for secure connection with the Connect application server.

Part II. Configure the Connect application server to support a secure SQL connection:

Importing the certificate onto the Connect application server

  1. Copy the certificate from MS SQL Database server to the Connect application server(s) or to an accessible share.
  2. Navigate the Connect application sever by using the MMC snap-in, and then browse to the Trusted Root Certification Authorities folder.
  3. Right-click the Trusted Root Certification Authorities folder, point to All Tasks, and then click Import.
  4. Browse, and then select the certificate (.cer file) that you copied in step 1. Select the defaults to complete the remaining part of the wizard.

Create a Trust Store

1.  Be sure to have java installed on your Connect application server; at the command prompt, navigate to the bin directory of your JRE, and execute the following command:

keytool -import -file  <certificate file path> -alias firstCA -keystore <any name for trust store>
Note: This step will queue for a password, create and record a password for future reference.

2. In the ConnectProSvc.conf in the appserv\conf directory, add the following entries in the list of JAVA arguments: <path of Trust Store file created in step 1><password you created in step 1>

Configure the secure connection in Connect:

1. In custom.ini file under the root Connect installation directory, add the following entries:


2. Cycle the services or reboot the server:

Adobe Connect Service
Flash Media Service

Note: For secure LDAP or LDAPS with Connect and for additional granularity around the paths and keystore see the following tech-note: Configure Connect Directory Services to use LDAPS

Security scans flag FMS used in Adobe Connect

Multiple Adobe Connect on-premise customers have informed us that some of their security scans are reporting that the version of FMS used in Adobe Connect is unsupported. There are no known open security issues in the version of FMS used in Connect today. The FMS components that are embedded in Adobe Connect on-premise deployments are fully supported under the maintenance and support agreements for Adobe Connect.  If any vulnerabilities are discovered in these components of Adobe Connect, they will be addressed per the guidelines of those support agreements.

Reducing the Number of Ports Listening on an Adobe Connect Server

Some ports that are not being used can be shut off:

Port 1111 is listening as part of the Flash Media Administration Service.  It does not serve any needed function and may be shut off as part of hardening or simply conservation of resources.

Note: Do not confuse the Flash Media Administration Service with the Flash Media Server or FMS, while the former is unneeded, the latter runs the Meeting server.

Port 2222 may also be closed. The Flash Media Gateway (FMG) service may be listening on that port if is was installed with Connect. If you are not using FMG for Unified Voice Telephony, then you may shut off that service as well.

Shut off and set to manual or disable either of both under the services MMC:


You may also quickly use commands to stop the ports instantly from listening; go to the command prompt with elevated permissions:

  • Run net stop fmsadmin (or sc stop fmsadmin)
  • Run net stop fmg (or sc stop fmg)
  • Run netstat -an|find “1111” or netstat -an|find “2222”to make sure they are down (or sc query fmsadmin or sc query fmg )

Compliance and Control features reset to default after uploading a new license file

Title :   Compliance and Control keeps getting reset after uploading a new license

Problem: Compliance and control settings may get reset when you upload a new license file on your Adobe Connect server install.

Environment: Licensed

Reason/Error Message of behavior: This is expected behavior and is working as designed.

Possible Solution: If it is necessary to re-upload the license file, a possible solution is to save these settings somewhere either by taking a screen shot or creating a spreadsheet and reapply them later once the license has been uploaded.

Contact Support with any questions :

Unable to create training groups in Adobe Connect

Title :   While creating a new training group, you get an error message ‘Not Found’.

Problem: When you try to create a new training group from users and groups option listed under training tab, you receive a Not Found error.


Environment: Hosted/Licensed

Reason/Error Message of behavior: This was logged as a bug in Connect 9.3 bug# 3958892 and is tentatively fixed in Connect 9.4.2.

Possible Solution: Since this is logged as a bug, and in order to create this group you will have to be in Virtual Classroom Managers group.

In case you do not have this group and using the old license, here is a workaround for that.

Create a csv file as shown below, also you can have multiple entries in the below format to add multiple groups simultaneously.


Test,Custom Training Group

Import this csv under users and groups for training, having following options checked.


You may encounter some errors however the import would be successful.


The group would list under users and groups for training.


Contact Support if you have any queries :

Receiving multiple reset password emails

Problem: Receiving multiple reset password emails when requesting reset password link using Forgot your password? option.

Environment: Hosted/Licensed

Reason/Error Message of behavior: If the login policy of your account is set to No, i.e you have Use email address as login set to No, and you create multiple users(say 50) having the same email address, Adobe Connect does not validate for duplicate email addresses of users. The reason being it will not be marked as required field due to this policy.


Hence when a user tries to reset his password and specifies his email address, it gets correlated with all the users who have this same email address, then Adobe Connect would send 50 emails to these email addresses which would basically end up in the same mailbox, since they all are the same. It tries to match the email address to the email fields of all the users and starts sending emails one by one. That may result in floods of email in a single mailbox.

Possible Solution:

The only solution to avoid this problem is to make sure you are not entering the same email address while creating multiple users, when you have use email address policy set to no.

You may also turn off this policy if its not a hard requirement in your organization and then there would be no conflicts in the email address and that would be created as unique always.



Making the Screen-share Control Panel Invisible to Participants

In Connect version 9.3 and later, you are able to make the screen-share control panel invisible to participants in a meeting.


To make the blue patchwork occlusion that depicts the Screen-share Control Panel disappear, enable transparency in the Windows control panel: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Personalization\Window Color and Appearance


As the manner of enabling this will vary with operating systems and their versions, search on the theme of transparency or aero-mode as it relates to the appropriate OS version. If the aero-mode is disabled the new screen sharing dialog is also disabled. To get the new screen sharing dialog (the one with previews of the application and Windows being shared) aero-mode needs to be enabled.

Adobe Connect Burst Packs

What is a Burst Pack?

A Burst Pack is a licensing model option that allows customers to temporarily exceed licensed capacity when attendance rate in a Connect meeting room is higher than usual. This enables extra participants to join (instead of them being blocked) and deduct incremental traffic from prepaid quota, on a per-user per-minute basis.
Burst Packs are available only on hosted accounts. They are not available for licensed on-prem customers.

Why are we offering Bust Packs?

We are offering this for flexibility so that customers can temporarily exceed their current licensed capacity, in the event the attendance rate of their meeting(s) is higher than expected. Instead if blocking access to extra participants, participants can get in and their attendance is charged on a per-user per-minute basis

Burst Pack usage options in Acrobat Connect Pro

Under Administration > Administration Dashboard: graph to view “Burst Pack usage” (Image 1).

  • y-axis represents minutes scale
  • hovering over bar (chart) to show current balance value (in min)

Note: Burst Pack minutes are not calculated immediately as they are used up. It can take up to an hour (or sometimes longer) for used Burst Pack minutes to be reflected in this report.

How to show current remaining Burst Pack minutes

Image 1

Burst Pack Consumption Report

Under Reports > System Usage: option for “Burst Pack” in the drop-down menu (Image 2).

Run BP report

Image 2

When the report is created, it shows differently based on which licensing model your account uses, whether Named Host or Concurrent Users. Image 3 below shows the report for Named Host licensing model. Image 4 further down shows the report generated if your account uses the Concurrent Users licensing model.

BP Report for Named Hosts Model

Image 3


BP Report for Concurrent Users Model

Image 4


Capacity Planning

Adobe Connect can be configured to notify you when your purchased Burst Pack minutes are close to being used up, or when they have been used up entirely.

Under Administration > Account > Notifications: look for “Burst Packs” section to configure capacity alerts for burst packs (Image 5).

BP Notifications Configuration

Image 5


If you select the Display on Login Page option, then when an administrator logs in to the Adobe Connect web site, they will receive a notification similar to what is shown in Image 6.

Sample Display of BP Usage Notification

Image 6


If you select the Send Email option, then your configured administrator email account will receive an email notification similar to what is shown in Image 7.

Sample BP Notification Email

Image 7

Frequently Asked Questions relating to Burst Packs

  • What is a Burst Pack? How does it work?
    Burst Pack is a credit of prepaid meeting minutes. Burst Pack gives you a buffer for meetings the attendance rate of which exceeds your licensed capacity. Instead of preventing extra participants (i.e. participants above your licensed limit) from joining the room, extra participants are admitted into the room. Incremental traffic is deducted from the Burst Pack credit at the end of the meeting. For example, if you have a license limit of 10 users, and 20 users join the room for 30 minutes, then the calculation for minutes used is as follows: (Total attendance minus License Limit) times Minutes, or (20 – 10) * 30 = 300 Burst Pack Minutes Used.
  • How many additional users can join with Burst Pack enabled?
    Burst pack allows you to have attendees in your room up to five times your licensed limit. In other words, if your limit is 10 users, then you can have up to 50 users with Burst Pack enabled. Why this limit? It provides you with a de facto cap on the variable cost for your meeting. If you often run meetings larger than your licensed capacity, you should contact Adobe to increase your current license capacity.
  • How is it possible that my usage exceeds 100% of my quota?
    Because your burst pack quota may be exceeded while you are in a meeting or while your new order is being processed, Adobe allows you to go beyond quota temporarily to ensure service continuity. However failure to renew your burst pack quota and repeated overuse would result in the suspension of this feature.
  • Is the reported balance accurate? How often is it updated?
    The balance is updated after each meeting but it may take up to an hour (or sometimes longer) to be reflected in the graphs or reports.
  • Where can I check my Burst Pack balance?
    Log on Adobe Connect Central as an admin and go to Administration > Administration dashboard
  • What happens if the overage quota for my account is exhausted?
    Once your overage quota has been exhausted, you will no longer be able to exceed your licensed capacity. Extra participants (i.e. participants above your licensed limit) will be denied from joining meeting rooms. You should contact Adobe or your Adobe reseller to order additional overage minutes (Burst Pack).
  • What happens if our overage quota is reached during a meeting session? Will the additional and/or new participants to this session be removed from the meeting?
    Existing participants beyond your quota will not be removed from the room when a meeting session is in progress. However new entrants may be blocked from joining.
  • Do Burst Pack minutes expire?
    No. Burst Pack minutes do not expire.


Connect Administration Tips from Carahsoft

Adobe Connect Administration Training Videos:

How to change the time format on Event Templates ?

Description : If a user wants to change the time format visible on Event ( Info, Registration, Speaker Info etc ) Follow the below steps :

Make sure you are following the same steps for each TAB (Event Info, Event Registration, Speaker Info, Event Login and Registration confirmation ) on the event template. In fact where ever you see the event time zone component is in use (Event template or Email templates). Follow the same steps to change the time format.

First of all understand How the Event time component looks like on Side kick and how does it look like on the event template design page. (Check the screen shot below)



Now the steps are :

Step 1 : Edit any of the event templates and go to its design page.

Step 2:-Double Click on the Event Time Component on the template and choose the Time Format Option, as shown in the picture below.

Step 3: Choose the appropriate  24 hour/ 12 hour time format and hit OK.

Event Time Component-2


Step 4 : Once hit OK, Make sure you  active the template from the side kick as shown in the picture below :

Event Time Component-3

Once you activate you will be prompted with a message “Activating this template would affect all the events that are using this template. Do you want to continue ?” at this point Hit Yes and active it successfully. Make sure you will get a message at the end which states “Page Successfully activated”

At this point which ever event is associated with this template will see the changed time format on the page.

Important: Make sure that you are following the same steps on each TAB because changing the time format at one location on Event time component would not apply for all event time component. If you have used 5 times the Event Time component, than you have to set the changes 5 times on that same page, on each component.

Hope this helps,