Deploy Shared Client Certificates for Authentication


Deploy Shared Client Certificates for Authentication

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Deploy Shared Client Certificates for Authentication

Deploy shared client certificates for GlobalProtect user authentication by generating self-signed certificates and configuring authentication settings in a GlobalProtect portal agent configuration.
To confirm that an endpoint user belongs to your organization, you can use the same client certificate for all endpoints or generate separate certificates to deploy with a particular agent configuration. Use this workflow to issue self-signed client certificates and deploy them from the portal.
If you include a client certificate in the portal configuration for mobile devices, you can only use client certificate authentication in the gateway configuration because the client certificate passphrase is saved in the portal configuration. Additionally, the client certificate can only be used after the certificate is retrieved from the portal configuration.
  1. Generate a certificate to deploy to multiple GlobalProtect endpoints.
    1. Select
      Certificate Management
      Device Certificates
      , and then
      a new certificate.
    2. Set the
      Certificate Type
    3. Enter a
      Certificate Name
      . This name cannot contain spaces.
    4. Enter a
      Common Name
      to identify this certificate as an app certificate (for example,
      ). Because this certificate will be deployed to all apps using the same agent configuration, it does not need to uniquely identify a specific user or endpoint.
    5. In the
      Signed By
      field, select your root CA.
    6. Select an
      OCSP Responder
      to verify the revocation status of certificates.
    7. Click
      to generate the certificate.
  2. Configure authentication settings in a GlobalProtect portal agent configuration to enable the portal to transparently deploy the client certificate, which is
    to the firewall, to apps that receive the configuration.

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