After the admin API key is created, you add an admin account and set up certificate authentication in the AirWatch admin console.

About this task

For REST API certificate-based authentication, a user level certificate is generated from the AirWatch admin console. The certificate used is a self-signed AirWatch certificate generated from the AirWatch admin root cert.


The AirWatch REST admin API key is created.


  1. In the AirWatch admin console, select the Global > Customer-level organization group and navigate to Accounts > Administrators > List View.
  2. Click Add > Add Admin.
  3. In the Basic tab, enter the certificate admin user name and password in the required text boxes.

  4. Select the Roles tab and choose the current organization group and click the second text box and select AirWatch Administrator.
  5. Select the API tab and in the Authentication text box, select Certificates.
  6. Enter the certificate password. The password is the same password entered for the admin on the Basic tab.
  7. Click Save.

    The new admin account and the client certificate are created.

  8. In the List View page, select the admin you created and open the API tab again.

    The certificates page displays information about the certificate.

  9. Enter the password you set in the Certificate Password text box, click Export Client Certificate and save the file.


The client certificate is saved as a .p12 file type.

What to do next

Configure your AirWatch URL settings in the VMware Identity Manager admin console.