WWPass Authentication for VMware View – Certificate Based
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 – Overview
Chapter 2 – Requirements
Chapter 3 – Certificates on the View Connection Servers
Chapter 4 – Setting Up WWPass Authentication
CHAPTER 1 – OVERVIEW
VMware View supports user authentication with X.509 certificates (smart cards).
This setup requires a fully deployed Windows Public Key Infrastructure with personal certificates on users’ WWPass accounts. When this type of authentication is set, VMware View provides Single Sign-On feature: user is further automatically logged into Windows Virtual Desktop session.
VMware View Single Sign-On is an out-of-the box technology that does not require any dedicated software and is especially useful when user certificates are used in other parts of corporate networks, such as SSH login, Remote Desktop access, etc.
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CHAPTER 2 – REQUIREMENTS
Below is the list of requirements for WWPass authentication for VMware Single Sign-On.
Server side Requirements
- VMware vSphere ESXi - 4.0 or later
- VMware Horizon View Connection Server - 5.1 or later
Client side Requirements
- Web Browser - support for Flash Plugin (required to administer VMware View server)
- VMware Horizon Client
- 3.4 or later for Linux OS
- 5.1 or later for Windows OS
- WWPass Security Pack - 3.1 or later
- WWPass PassKey - activated
CHAPTER 3 – CERTIFICATES ON THE VIEW CONNECTION SERVERS
Before setting up WWPass authentication for VMware View Single Sign-On be sure that your root or intermediate certificates are properly installed. For further help with installing your certificates properly refer to:
- All root and intermediate certificates required by your organization to validate SmartCards should be in DER format and have '.cer' extension.
- In step 13 of the knowledge base article above, the password must be at least 6 characters and must be enclosed within quotes even if it doesn’t contain spaces or special characters.
CHAPTER 4 – SETTING UP WWPASS AUTHENTICATION
To customize authentication with WWPass PassKey, open VMware View Administrator in your web browser (Internet Explorer is recommended).
- Expand View Configuration section in the left menu.
- Select Servers in the left menu and open Connection Servers tab in the right pane.
- Select the server to customize and click
- Select the Authentication tab.
- Under Smart card authentication option:
- select “Required” to allow authentication only with WWPass PassKey;
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- select “Optional” to allow authentication both with WWPass PassKey and login and password.