You enable and configure certificate authentication from the administration console.

About this task

You can configure x509 certificate authentication to allow clients to authenticate with certificates on their desktop and mobile devices. See Configuring a Certificate or Smart Card Adapter for Use with VMware Identity Manager.


  • Obtain the root certificate and intermediate certificates from the CA that signed the certificates presented by your users.

  • (Optional) List of Object Identifier (OID) of valid certificate policies for certificate authentication.

  • For revocation checking, the file location of the CRL and the URL of the OCSP server.

  • (Optional) OCSP Response Signing certificate file location.

  • Consent form content, if a consent form displays before authentication.


  1. In the administration console Identity & Access Management tab, select Setup.
  2. On the Connectors page, select the Worker link for the connector that is being configured.
  3. Click Auth Adapters and then click CertificateAuthAdapter.
  4. Configure the Certificate Service Auth Adapter page.

    An asterisk indicates a required field. The other fields are optional.




    A name is required. The default name is CertificateAuthAdapter. You can change this name.

    Enable certificate adapter

    Select the check box to enable certificate authentication.

    *Root and intermediate CA certificates

    Select the certificate files to upload. You can select multiple root CA and intermediate CA certificates that are encoded as DER or PEM.

    Uploaded CA certificates

    The uploaded certificate files are listed in the Uploaded Ca Certificates section of the form.

    Use email if no UPN in certificate

    If the user principal name (UPN) does not exist in the certificate, select this check box to use the emailAddress attribute as the Subject Alternative Name extension to validate users' accounts.

    Certificate policies accepted

    Create a list of object identifiers that are accepted in the certificate policies extensions.

    Enter the object ID numbers (OID) for the Certificate Issuing Policy. Click Add another value to add additional OIDs.

    Enable cert revocation

    Select the check box to enable certificate revocation checking. Revocation checking prevents users who have revoked user certificates from authenticating.

    Use CRL from certificates

    Select the check box to use the certificate revocation list (CRL) published by the CA that issued the certificates to validate the status of a certificate, revoked or not revoked.

    CRL Location

    Enter the server file path or the local file path from which to retrieve the CRL.

    Enable OCSP Revocation

    Select the check box to use the Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) certificate validation protocol to get the revocation status of a certificate.

    Use CRL in case of OCSP failure

    If you configure both CRL and OCSP, you can check this box to fall back to using CRL if OCSP checking is not available.

    Send OCSP Nonce

    Select this check box if you want the unique identifier of the OCSP request to be sent in the response.


    If you enabled OCSP revocation, enter the OCSP server address for revocation checking.

    OCSP responder's signing certificate

    Enter the path to the OCSP certificate for the responder, /path/to/file.cer.

    Enable consent form before authentication

    Select this check box to include a consent form page to appear before users log in to their Workspace ONE portal using certificate authentication.

    Consent form content

    Type the text that displays in the consent form in this text box.

  5. Click Save.

What to do next

  • Add the certificate authentication method to the default access policy. See Managing Authentication Methods to Apply to Users.

  • When Certificate Authentication is configured, and the service appliance is set up behind a load balancer, make sure that the VMware Identity Manager connector is configured with SSL pass-through at the load balancer and not configured to terminate SSL at the load balancer. This configuration ensures that the SSL handshake is between the connector and the client in order to pass the certificate to the connector.