As a system administrator, you must configure smart card authentication for your vRealize Automation deployment using Directories Management.

Directories Management supports multiple identity providers and connector clusters for each configured Active Directory. To use smart card authentication, you can set up either a single external connector or a connector cluster with an appropriate identity provider behind a load balancer that permits SSL passthrough.

There are various certificate configuration options available for use with smart card authentication. See Configuring a Certificate or Smart Card Adapter for Use with Directories Management.


  • Configure an appropriate Active Directory connection for use with your vRealize Automation deployment.

  • Download the OVA file required to configure a connector from VMware vRealize Automation Tools and SDK.

  • Log in to the vRealize Automation console as a tenant administrator.