Vista clients and EAP-TLS authentication - problem with certificates

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Dr Zoidberg, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. Dr Zoidberg

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    We have half a dozen Cisco 1240AG wireless access points that are set up to
    use 802.1x EAP-TLS for authentication and TKIP encryption.
    To do the authentication we have a pair of Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2
    servers running IAS and also as an MS certificate authority (AD Integrated
    root and subordinate).

    This works perfectly for all sorts of laptops running windows XP however we
    have recently bought a few Dell Laptops running Vista and they don't want to

    The problem is that when we try and request a new digital certificate for
    the user from the CA we get warnings about it not being compatible with this
    version of windows so we can't request a certificate directly. I have read
    the instructions on how to amend the CA's web interface with code from
    Longhorn Server but haven't yet done this (No longhorn machines for a start)
    , and as a work round we thought we can just request the cert using an XP
    machine then export it and import into vista.

    I don't think the wireless connection setup is as good on Vista as XP (it
    seems to be overly simplified and the advanced settings are too well hidden)
    but I have configured a client with the same settings as XP and when I try
    and connect it informs me that I don't have a certificate , yet it's sat
    there in my personal certificates store.

    If I switch the client and RADIUS server to use PEAP instead of EAP-TLS then
    I can connect OK as you'd expect.

    So , is there any workround for this or something that I could be doing
    wrong when I try and export the certificates from an XP to Vista machine?

    Any suggestions gratefully appreciated.
    Dr Zoidberg, Sep 18, 2007
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  2. Dr Zoidberg

    Guest Guest

    Do you have EAP-TLS set up to authenticate both the computer and the user?
    That would explain why you are failing the authentication. You don't have a
    computer cert. That also means that you cannot work around the problem by
    exporting certs from an XP machine unless that XP machine has the same name
    as the Vista machine you are putting the certs on.

    The enrollment problem likely stems from the new security infrastructure in
    Internet Explorer. You need an updated web enrollment tool to acquire
    certificates using IE7 on Vista. It blocks the common ways to do it on XP.

    The better solution is to use an autoenrollment solution though. It is
    completely automatic and obviates the need for the web enrollment altogether.
    It works just fine on Vista against a Server 2003 CA. This doc tells you how
    to configure it:
    Guest, Sep 18, 2007
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  3. Dr Zoidberg

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    No , just user accounts.
    Thanks , I'll try setting that up tomorrow
    Dr Zoidberg, Sep 18, 2007
  4. Dr Zoidberg

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    Just tried to work through this and though I can create a new template with
    the appropriate settings , when I go to step 14.

    "On the Action menu, point to New, and then click Certificate to Issue. "
    it's not there in the list to select - just the other unused predefined

    Any suggestions?
    Dr Zoidberg, Sep 19, 2007
  5. Dr Zoidberg

    Paul Adare Guest

    That means that your CA is running the Standard Edition SKU and can only
    issue v1 templates. When you modify an existing template the new template
    is a v2 and only a CA running Enterprise or Datacenter can issue
    certificates based on v2 templates.
    Paul Adare, Sep 19, 2007
  6. Dr Zoidberg

    Dr Zoidberg Guest

    Thanks , that'll be it
    Dr Zoidberg, Sep 19, 2007
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