Afaria Setup 3: Install roles – Certificate Authority

SAP Afaria needs to have a Certificate Authority (CA) available to emit certificates and to enroll iOS devices, or the make use of SCEP so your users can obtain their user certificate. Therefore, a new CA is installed. In Windows Server, select the add role option:

Select the role: Active Directory Certificate Services

Select Certification Authority Web Enrollment. Add required dependencies

In the next shown dialog, select both

  • Certificate Authority and
  • Certification Authority Web Enrollment

Service type: Enterprise

While you can set up a CA in standalone mode, Afaria will need Enterprise mode to work. This is also the reason why you have to use Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise version. Only there the Enterprise option for the CA is available. With Windows Server 2012 the standard version also offers a CA needed by Afaria, but right now, Afaria is not supporting Windows Server 2012.

Install a Root CA. Needed as this will be the first and only CA available.

Create private key.

Select key strength.

Inform name of CA as shown in the root certificate.

Validity period of certificate. While normally a CA’s certificate is valid for 10 or 20 years, mine will be only 5 years. But that value is up to you.

Confirm location of CA database on the server.

Role services dialog is shown. Add ASP.NET

Select in the security section the authentication method to be used. Add:

  • Basic Authentication
  • Digest Authentication

Confirm the configuration data.

CA is going to be installed and configured.

Check installation result.


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Afaria Setup: Install roles – Active Directory

Afaria does not necessarily need Active Directory. In fact it works nicely with LDAP or integrated Windows authorization too. As Afaria will be installed on a Windows server and AD is available out of the box, it makes sense to enable AD. Creating later new users for device enrollment is easy as they only have to be added to AD.

To add AD, the corresponding role must be added in the server configuration.

Click on Add roles.

Select Active Directory Domain Services.

AD needs the .NET framework. Therefore, the wizard will present a pop up asking to add this feature too. To do so, select Add Required Features.

After Windows installed AD, it needs to be configured. This is done via dcpromo. The installation wizard offers the option to run this tool directly after the installation finished. If the blue link wasn’t clicked, or promoting the server to a AD server should be done later, this tool can be run from command line at any time.

Open a shell (cmd.exe) and start dcpromo.

The Windows Server 2008 R2 is not part of any other domain. A new domain in a new forest must be created. Here I give as name of the domain Of course any other valid domain name can be chosen, like afariatest.corp.

This finishes the installation and initial configuration of AD. After restart, the Windows Server is an AD domain controller.

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