Secure Mobile Access 12.4 Administration Guide

Configuring Authentication Servers

Setting up authentication involves the following: a directory (such as LDAP, Microsoft Active Directory, or the local authentication store on the appliance), an authentication method (username/password, token or smart card, or digital certificate), and other configuration items that make the authentication process unique (for example, an LDAP search base, or adding custom prompts and messages). The SMA appliance supports the leading authentication directories and methods.

After you reference an authentication server in a realm and associate users with the realm, the appliance checks users’ credentials against the credentials stored in the specified authentication repository. You can also set up chained (two-factor) authentication; see Configuring Chained Authentication for details.

To configure an authentication server

  1. In the AMC, navigate to System Configuration > Authentication Servers.

  2. Click New.

  3. In the User store area, specify the directory type or authentication method you want to configure:

    Directory type or authentication method selection
    Authentication directoryCredential typeFor more information

    Microsoft Active Directory

    Microsoft Active Directory


    • Username/password

    Configuring Microsoft Active Directory Servers
    • Username/password

    • Digital certificate

    Configuring LDAP and LDAPS Authentication
    • Username/password

    • Token-based authentication (such as SecurID or SoftID)

    Configuring RADIUS Authentication
    RSA Authentication Manager Server
    • Token-based authentication (such as SecurID or SoftID)
    Configuring RSA Server Authentication
    Public key infrastructure (PKI)
    • Digital certificate (with optional certificate revocation checking)
    Configuring a PKI Authentication Server
    SAML 2.0 Identity Provider
    • Username/password

    Configuring a SAML-Based Authentication Server
    Local users (local user storage)
    • Username/password

    Configuring Local User Storage
  4. Select the Credential type of the authentication server (what types are available depends on the User store you selected).

  5. Click Continue. For information about the next step in the configuration process, follow the link for the User store you selected in the previous step.

For further information about tasks after configuring the authentication server, see:

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