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Security Management System (SMS) and Active Directory Authentication

    • Updated:
    • 26 Sep 2017
    • Product/Version:
    • TippingPoint SMS All
    • TippingPoint Virtual SMS
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Summary
The SMS server supports the use of Active Directory (AD) to authenticate logon requests. While authentication is performed on the AD server, the user role and its access rights are maintained on the SMS server. If the AD server is unavailable, the SMS can authenticate the user locally. SMS does not permit you to manage the SMS user account on the AD server. Most notably you can only modify the user password from the SMS server; you cannot modify it on the AD server.
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Note: If you are using Active Directory Authentication, verify you have at least one user is set to authenticate locally. If Active Directory users have difficulty logging in after a migration, change the active directory authentication time out from 3 seconds to 30 seconds or greater.

When the SMS server authenticates login requests with Active Directory, you may want to secure the information passed between the two servers by encrypting the information. This is accomplished by enabling SSL-based encrypted communications between an Active Directory authentication server and the SMS server along with importing an SSL security certificate from the Active Directory server onto the SMS Server. The SMS server accepts RSA X.509 certificates. The certificate file can be in either PEM or DER format.

Note: The SMS server AD authentication process, does not support multiple or nested domain authentication. 

SMS and High Availability

When SMS is configure to operate in HA mode and SMS client authentication occurs through an AD server, the SMS HA configuration must make use of the shared virtual management IP address and that IP address must be set in the AD server as a location from which to accept authentication requests.
 
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Category:
Configure; Troubleshoot; Deploy
Solution Id:
TP000090870
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