Use Connect Before Logon

To use Connect Before Logon, choose the authentication method.
The Pre-logon and Pre-logon then On-demand connection methods are not supported simultaneously with Connect Before Logon.
To simplify the login process and improve your experience, GlobalProtect offers Connect Before Logon to allow you to establish the VPN connection to the corporate network before logging in to the Windows 10 endpoint using a Smart card, authentication service such as LDAP, RADIUS, or Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), username/password-based authentication, or one-time password (OTP) authentication. Administrators can benefit from enabling Connect Before Logon when they onboard new GlobalProtect users on the endpoint that is not set up with a local profile or account for the user. Connect Before Logon is disabled by default. When the administrator enables Connect Before Logon, you can launch the GlobalProtect app credential provider and connect to the corporate network before logging in to Windows endpoint. After Connect Before Logon establishes a VPN connection, you can use the Windows logon screen to log in to the Windows endpoint. GlobalProtect can act as a Pre-Login Access Provider (PLAP) credential provider to provide access to your organization before logging in to Windows. To use Connect Before Logon, the administrator must deploy the settings in the Windows registry and you choose the authentication method:

Connect Before Logon Using Smart Card Authentication

Connect Before Logon supports smart card authentication. The administrator must import the Root CA certificate that issued the certificates contained on the smart card onto the portal and gateway. The administrator can apply the certificate profile and that Root CA to your portal or gateway configuration to enable use of the smart card in the authentication process. You can authenticate to GlobalProtect prior to logging into the Windows endpoint using a smart card. When prompted, insert your smart card to verify that smart card authentication is successful. If smart card authentication is successful, GlobalProtect will connect to the portal or gateway specified in the configuration.
  1. Before you can use Connect Before Logon, the administrator must have completed the following tasks:
  2. Log in to the Windows endpoint using Connect Before Logon.
    1. Click the
      Network Sign-In
      ( gp_cbl_icon_network_sign_in.PNG ) button at the lower right corner of the Windows logon screen.
      If the VPN connection is successful, the
      Disconnect
      ( gp_cbl_icon_disconnect.PNG ) button appears next to the
      Network Sign-In
      button of the Windows logon screen. You are logged out of the VPN if you have not yet logged in to your endpoint within the configured time period. This causes the VPN tunnel to disconnect.
    2. (
      Optional
      ) If you are logging in to the endpoint for the first time and the portals have not been predefined by the administrator, enter the FQDN or IP address of the GlobalProtect portal, and
      Submit
      .
      gp_cbl_first-time-login-enter-portal.png
    3. (
      Optional)
      If you are logging in to the endpoint for the first time and the portals have been predefined by the administrator, select a portal from the
      Portal
      drop-down, and click the arrow to submit.
      gp_cbl_first-time-login-select-portals.png
    4. Select the client certificate from a list of valid certificates on the endpoint to authenticate with the portal or gateway, and click the arrow to submit.
      gp_cbl_client_certificate.png
    5. Enter the Personal Identification Number (PIN) of the smart card, and click the arrow to submit.
      gp_cbl_pin.png
    6. If authentication is successful, the connection status displays
      Connected
      upon successful VPN connection. Click
      Back
      to display the Windows logon screen.
      gp_cbl_connected-status.png
  3. Verify that you are connected to the GlobalProtect gateway.
    1. Log in to the Windows endpoint again. Click the
      Network Sign-In
      ( gp_cbl_icon_network_sign_in.PNG ) button at the lower right corner of the Windows logon screen.
    2. The status panel opens. By default, you are automatically connected to the
      Best Available
      gateway.

Connect Before Logon Using SAML Authentication

Connect Before Logon supports SAML authentication for user login. You can authenticate to GlobalProtect prior to logging into the Windows endpoint using the configured SAML identity providers (ldPs) such as Onelogin or Okta. If SAML authentication is successful, GlobalProtect will connect to the portal or gateway specified in the configuration.
  1. Before you can use Connect Before Logon, the administrator must have completed the following tasks:
    1. Set up SAML authentication to authenticate end users.
      • Create a server profile with settings to the SAML authentication service.
      • Create an authentication profile that refers to the SAML server profile.
    2. Specify SAML authentication for the GlobalProtect gateway.
    3. Specify a SAML authentication for the client (see Define the GlobalProtect Client Authentication Configurations).
  2. Log in to the Windows endpoint using Connect Before Logon.
    1. Click the
      Network Sign-In
      ( gp_cbl_icon_network_sign_in.PNG ) button at the lower right corner of the Windows logon screen.
      If the VPN connection is successful, the
      Disconnect
      ( gp_cbl_icon_disconnect.PNG ) button appears next to the
      Network Sign-In
      button of the Windows logon screen. You are logged out of the VPN if you have not yet logged in to your endpoint within the configured time period. This causes the VPN tunnel to disconnect.
    2. (
      Optional
      ) If you are logging in to the endpoint for the first time and the portals have not been predefined by the administrator, enter the FQDN or IP address of the GlobalProtect portal, and click the arrow to submit.
      gp_cbl_first-time-login-enter-portal.png
    3. (
      Optional)
      If you are logging in to the endpoint for the first time and the portals have been predefined by the administrator, select a portal from the
      Portal
      drop-down, and click the arrow to submit.
      gp_cbl_first-time-login-select-portals.png
    4. Enter the username and password to authenticate to the ldP, and then click
      Sign In
      .
      gp_cbl_saml-login.png
    5. If authentication is successful, the connection status displays
      Connected
      upon successful VPN connection. Click
      Back
      to display the Windows logon screen.
      gp_cbl_connected-status.png
  3. Verify that you are connected to the GlobalProtect gateway.
    1. Log in to the Windows endpoint again. Click the
      Network Sign-In
      ( gp_cbl_icon_network_sign_in.PNG ) button at the lower right corner of the Windows logon screen.
    2. The status panel opens. By default, you are automatically connected to the
      Best Available
      gateway.

Connect Before Logon Using Username/Password-Based Authentication

Connect Before Logon supports username/password-based authentication for user login using an authentication service such as LDAP, RADIUS, or OTP. You can authenticate to GlobalProtect prior to logging into the Windows endpoint using the username and password credentials. If username/password-based authentication is successful, GlobalProtect will connect to the portal or gateway specified in the configuration.
  1. Before you can use Connect Before Logon, the administrator must have completed the following tasks:
    1. Set up access to the GlobalProtect portal to authenticate end users to the portal using their credentials.
    2. Configure a GlobalProtect gateway to authenticate end users to the gateway using their credentials.
    Connect Before Logon does not support a custom authentication message.
  2. Log in to the Windows endpoint using Connect Before Logon.
    1. Click the
      Network Sign-In
      ( gp_cbl_icon_network_sign_in.PNG ) button at the lower right corner of the Windows logon screen.
      If the VPN connection is successful, the
      Disconnect
      ( gp_cbl_icon_disconnect.PNG ) button appears next to the
      Network Sign-In
      button of the Windows logon screen. You are logged out of the VPN if you have not yet logged in to your endpoint within the configured time period. This causes the VPN tunnel to disconnect.
    2. (
      Optional
      ) If you are logging in to the endpoint for the first time and the portals have not been predefined by the administrator, enter the FQDN or IP address of the GlobalProtect portal, and click the arrow to submit.
      gp_cbl_first-time-login-enter-portal.png
    3. (
      Optional)
      If you are logging in to the endpoint for the first time and the portals have been predefined by the administrator, select a portal from the
      Portal
      drop-down, and click the arrow to submit.
      gp_cbl_first-time-login-select-portals.png
    4. Enter the username and password, and click the arrow to submit.
      gp_cbl_usernamepassword-login.png
    5. If authentication is successful, the connection status displays
      Connected
      upon successful VPN connection. Click
      Back
      to display the Windows logon screen.
      gp_cbl_connected-status.png
  3. Verify that you are connected to the GlobalProtect gateway.
    1. Log in to the Windows endpoint again. Click the
      Network Sign-In
      ( gp_cbl_icon_network_sign_in.PNG ) button at the lower right corner of the Windows logon screen.
    2. The status panel opens. By default, you are automatically connected to the
      Best Available
      gateway.

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