You can configure x509 certificate authentication in Access Point to allow clients to authenticate with certificates on their desktop or mobile devices or to use a smart card adapter for authentication.

Certificate-based authentication is based on what the user has (the private key or smart card), and what the person knows (the password to the private key or the smart card PIN). Smart card authentication provides two-factor authentication by verifying both what the person has (the smart card) and what the person knows (the PIN). End users can use smart cards for logging in to a remote View desktop operating system and to access smart-card enabled applications, such as an email application that uses the certificate for signing emails to prove the identity of the sender.

With this feature, smart card certificate authentication is performed against the Access Point service. Access Point uses a SAML assertion to communicate information about the end user's X.509 certificate and the smart card PIN to the Horizon server.

You can configure certificate revocation checking to prevent users who have their user certificates revoked from authenticating. Certificates are often revoked when a user leaves an organization, loses a smart card, or moves from one department to another. Certificate revocation checking with certificate revocation lists (CRLs) and with the Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) is supported. A CRL is a list of revoked certificates published by the CA that issued the certificates. OCSP is a certificate validation protocol that is used to get the revocation status of a certificate.

You can configure both CRL and OCSP in the same certificate authentication adapter configuration. When you configure both types of certificate revocation checking and the Use CRL in case of OCSP failure check box is enabled, OCSP is checked first and if OCSP fails, revocation checking falls back to CRL. Revocation checking does not fall back to OCSP if CRL fails.

You can also set up authentication so that Access Point requires smart card authentication but then authentication is also passed through to the server, which might require Active Directory authentication.


For VMware Identity Manager, authentication is always passed throughAccess Point to the VMware Identity Manager service. You can configure smart card authentication to be performed on the Access Point appliance only if Access Point is being used with Horizon 7.