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Accessing agents reading an encrypted field

One of my developers is having problems with a scheduled agent reading an encrypted field using Public Key Encryption. She is using the PublicEncryptionKeys field and has specified the names of the people who can read the encrypted field. We also specified the name of the server that the agent will run on.

However, when the agent runs from the server, the field can not be read and the agent fails. The field contains a password that is used to access a third party database. Can Public Keys be used or should she go the Secret Key route?

I have not had success with this type of process before. I have done similar things with a secret encryption key that is merged into the ID file of all the users/servers that have to decrypt the field. Looking over the designer documentation, the secret encryption key method is the only one mentioned in conjunction with encrypted fields.

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