MDM Managing Global Certificates

MDM-Managing Global Certificates

Administrators can add digital certificates to the Certificate Repository. Global certificates are those, those which can be used to authenticate all the users to access one or more corporate resources like Email, VPN and WiFi. This document will explain you on the following:

Adding Global Certificates to Certificate Repository

Administrators can add the Global Certificates to the Certificate Repository by following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Click MDM Tab
  2. Under Manage, choose Certificate Repository
  3. Choose Global Certificates view
  4. Click Add Certificate and specify the following:
    1. Specify the name of the certificate
    2. Upload the Global Certificate, received from the vendor
    3. Specify the certificate's password
    4. Specify the category of the certificate like, Default or choose the certificate category from the available list. You can also create a new category by clicking on Create New.
  5. Click Add Certificate to add the certificate to the repository.

You can see that the Global certificate has been added to the Certificate Repository. This Global Certificate can now be used to authenticate users access the corporate resources. This ensures that unauthentic users will be restricted from accessing the corporate data.

Modifying Global Certificates

Administrators can modify  the Global Certificates, that has been added to the Certificate Repository by following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Click MDM Tab
  2. Under Manage, choose Certificate Repository
  3. Choose Global Certificates view
  4. Select the Certificate that needs to be modified and click edit button under Actions.  You can modify the following:
    1. Name of the certificate
    2. Latest version of the certificate
    3. Certificate's password
    4. Category of the certificate from the available list. You can also create a new category by clicking on Create New
  5. Click Modify Certificate to save the changes.

You can see that the Global certificate has been modified in the Certificate Repository. When the certificate is modified, it will be automatically applied to all the profiles, which means it will impact the existing users.  

Various Examples:

  1. A global certificate named Default_Corporate  has privilege to authenticate users, to access WiFi, VPN and Email. If this certificate is modified to restrict the privilege to VPN and WiFi, then users will not be allowed to access VPN and WiFi.
  2. A global certificate named Default_Corporate  has privilege to authenticate users, to access only  WiFi. If this is modified to add privileges to access VPN and Email, then it will not benefit the existing users. It will applied to the users to whom the profile is associated henceforth.

Removing Global Certificates

Administrators can remove the Global Certificates, that has been added to the Certificate Repository by following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Click MDM Tab
  2. Under Manage, choose Certificate Repository
  3. Choose Global Certificates view
  4. Select the Certificate that needs to be modified and click remove button under Actions.  
  5. Click the confirmation message to remove the Certificate from the certificate repository.

You can see that the Global certificate has been removed from the Certificate Repository. When the certificate is removed, it will be impact all the users, from accessing the corporate resources.

Managing Global Certificates

Global Certificates can be categorized for management purposes. A default Certificate Category is created, where the certificates, which are used to authenticate users to access WiFi, VPN and Email are listed under it. Administrators can choose to create new groups and manage certificates based on their business needs. Certificate Category is created only when a new certificate is added to the repository. To create a Certificate Group or modify it, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Click MDM Tab
  2. Under Manage, choose Certificate Repository
  3. Choose Global Certificates view
  4. Click Add Certificate and specify the following:
    1. Specify the name of the certificate
    2. Upload the Global Certificate, received from the vendor
    3. Specify the certificate's password
    4. Specify the category of the certificate like, Default or choose the certificate category from the available list. You can also create a new category by clicking on Create New. Administrators can also choose to modify the Certificate Name, or its purpose.
  5. Click the confirmation message to add/modify the Certificate.
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