Connect to Resources

Last modified on February 1, 2023


Your infrastructure may include various resources, such as databases, servers, clusters, or websites. When a StrongDM administrator configures these resources, you can use the application to authenticate and gain access to these tools.

For example, you can use StrongDM to connect to a database when completing a reporting task using a specific SQL client. StrongDM handles the exchange of credentials, so you do not have to remember them.

This section provides information to help you connect to the different resource types that make up your environment.

For an introduction, check the CLI and StrongDM Desktop tours. If you encounter any issues, you can consult our Troubleshooting FAQ guide for help.


To use the CLI to connect to your resources, run the command sdm connect; to disconnect, run sdm disconnect. For both commands, a port must be defined. To see if ports are listening or not, run sdm status.

If you are using the desktop app, you may connect to resources individually by clicking on them in the resource list, or you can use the Connect all option in the Account menu.

Connect on knock

For specific resources, it is not necessary to run either the sdm connect or sdm disconnect commands. That is, connection is initiated automatically, which is known as “connect on knock.” Connect on knock is intended to enhance usability and decrease connection friction for users. It is available for the following resource types:

  • Kubernetes clusters
  • SSH servers
  • Websites (HTTP)


If you have access to more than 500 resources, both connect on knock and the Connect all option are disabled. For more information, see the StrongDM Desktop Tour.

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