Evgenij Smirnov

Information & Communications Technology

PowerShell automation Security scripting Microsoft Exchange Active Directory Migration VMware

Berlin, Germany

XPCM - A minimalistic approach to cross-platform credentials management

If you ever have written a script that must run on a variety of systems but needs to connect to external resources using the same set of credentials, you probably know the pain of providing those credentials to the script in a secure, portable and cross-platform way. The Secret(s)Management module from Microsoft goes a long way towards achieving that goal but it’s not yet fully there, and the plug-in for connecting to a secrets vault of your choice may or may not be available for all OS platforms your script has to run on. With the XPCM module (there are actually two of them) I am providing an alternate approach to storing and retrieving secrets that can usually be implemented with zero maintenance on the endpoint running the script, even if the secret (i.e. password) changes on a regualr basis. The objective is to provide an identical experience on Windows and Linux (which, in theory, should cover MacOS as well), for every version of PowerShell that can be found on a supported system (2.0 through 5.1 and 6.0 through 7.1). In this talk I will present the rationale behind developing XPCM, the overall concept behind it and some of the unexpected hurdles I have encountered while developing and refining it.

Evgenij Smirnov


Evgenij has been working with computers since the age of 5 and delivering IT solutions for the best part of the last 25 years. His Active Directory and Exchange background naturally led to PowerShell, of which he's been an avid user and proponent since its first release.
Evgenij is an active community lead at home in Berlin, a leading contrinutor to the German TechNet forum and an experienced user group and conference speaker.

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