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How to safeguard local and remote Windows logons via ADSelfService Plus' endpoint two-factor authentication?

With cyberattacks on the rise,  having only passwords as a defense mechanism is no longer safe. An additional filter is required to weed out unauthorized users. ADSelfService Plus handles this situation by supporting two-factor authentication (2FA) for all Windows login attempts. Once this feature is enabled, users will be authenticated using their Active Directory domain credentials, and also through any one of the available thirteen authentication methods available in ADSelfService Plus.


  1. SSL and TFA must be enabled in ADSelfService Plus.
  2. GINA/CP Client Software must be installed on client machines. Make sure the client software is installed through GINA/Mac Installation console.

Steps involved:

  1. Log in to the ADSelfService Plus web-console with admin credentials.
  2. Navigate to Configuration → Multi-factor Authentication → Authenticator Settings tab → TFA for Windows/macOS Login.


  3. In the Choose the Policy field, click the drop-down box and select the policies for which you wish to enable TFA.

    Note: ADSelfService Plus allows you to create OU and group-based policies. To create a policy, go to Configuration → Self-Service → Policy Configuration → Add New Policy. Click Select OUs/Groups, and make the selection based on your requirements. You need to select at least one self-service feature. Finally, click Save Policy.

  4. Select the Enable authenticators for Windows/macOS login option, and configure any one of the authentication factor provided.


  5. By default, the Bypass TFA if ADSelfService Plus is down option is selected when you enable Windows/macOS Logon TFA. If this option is not selected, users would not be able to access their machines when ADSelfService Plus is not accessible.
  6. Click Save.

Here's a GIF of how Windows Logon TFA works:


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