Remote Access VPN (Certificate Profile)

With certificate authentication, the client must present a valid client certificate that identifies the user to the GlobalProtect portal or gateway. In addition to the certificate itself, the portal or gateway can use a certificate profile to determine whether the client that sent the certificate is the client to which the certificate was issued.
When a client certificate is the only means of authentication, the certificate that the client presents must contain the username in one of the certificate fields; typically the username corresponds to the common name (CN) in the Subject field of the certificate.
Upon successful authentication, the GlobalProtect agent establishes a VPN tunnel with the gateway and is assigned an IP address from the IP pool in the gateway’s tunnel configuration. To support user-based policy enforcement on sessions from the corp-vpn zone, the username from the certificate is mapped to the IP address that the gateway assigned. Also, if a security policy requires a domain name in addition to user name, the specified domain value in the certificate profile is appended to the username.
GlobalProtect Client Certificate Authentication Configuration
This quick configuration uses the same topology as Figure: GlobalProtect VPN for Remote Access. The only configuration difference is that instead of authenticating users against an external authentication server, this configuration uses client certificate authentication only.
  1. Create Interfaces and Zones for GlobalProtect.
    Use the default virtual router for all interface configurations to avoid having to create inter-zone routing.
    • Select NetworkInterfacesEthernet and configure ethernet1/2 as a Layer 3 Ethernet interface with IP address and assign it to the l3-untrust security zone and the default virtual router.
    • Create a DNS “A” record that maps IP address to
    • Select NetworkInterfacesTunnel.
    • Add tunnel.2 interface to a new zone called corp-vpn. Assign the interface to the default virtual router.
    • Enable User Identification on the corp-vpn zone.
  2. Create security policy to enable traffic flow between the corp-vpn zone and the l3-trust zone to enable access to your internal resources.
    1. Select PoliciesSecurity and then Add a new rule.
    2. For this example, you would define the rule with the following settings:
      • Name—VPN Access
      • Source Zone—corp-vpn
      • Destination Zone—l3-trust
  3. Obtain a server certificate for the interface hosting the GlobalProtect portal and gateway using one of the following methods:
    Select DeviceCertificate ManagementCertificates to manage certificates as follows:
    • Obtain a server certificate. Because the portal and gateway are on the same interface, the same server certificate can be used for both components.
    • The CN of the certificate must match the FQDN,
    • To enable clients to connect to the portal without receiving certificate errors, use a server certificate from a public CA.
  4. Issue client certificates to GlobalProtect clients and endpoints. This enables the GlobalProtect portal and gateways to validate that the device belongs to your organization.
    1. Use your enterprise PKI or a public CA to issue a unique client certificate to each GlobalProtect user.
    2. Install certificates in the personal certificate store on the endpoints.
  5. Create a client certificate profile.
    1. Select DeviceCertificate ManagementCertificate Profile, click Add and enter a profile Name such as GP-client-cert.
    2. Select Subject from the Username Field drop-down.
    3. Click Add in the CA Certificates section, select the CA Certificate that issued the client certificates, and click OK twice.
  6. Configure a GlobalProtect Gateway.
    See the topology diagram shown in Figure: GlobalProtect VPN for Remote Access.
    Select NetworkGlobalProtectGateways and add the following configuration:
    IP Address203.0.113.1
    Server CertificateGP-server-cert.pem issued by GoDaddy
    Certificate ProfileGP-client-cert
    Tunnel Interfacetunnel.2
    IP Pool10.31.32.3 -
  7. Configure the GlobalProtect Portal.
    Select NetworkGlobalProtectPortals and add the following configuration:
    1. Set Up Access to the GlobalProtect Portal:
      IP Address203.0.113.1
      Server CertificateGP-server-cert.pem issued by GoDaddy
      Certificate ProfileGP-client-cert
    2. Define the GlobalProtect Agent Configurations:
      Connect MethodOn-demand (Manual user initiated connection)
      External Gateway
  8. Deploy the GlobalProtect Agent Software.
    Select DeviceGlobalProtect Client.
    In this example, use the procedure to Host Agent Updates on the Portal.
  9. (Optional) Enable use of the GlobalProtect mobile app.
    Purchase and install a GlobalProtect Gateway subscription (DeviceLicenses) to enable use of the app.
  10. Save the GlobalProtect configuration.
    Click Commit.

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