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Machine authentication & SAML

We use Okta to SAML auth our users to a SAML enabled realm. We'd also like to start using machine authentication for our Windows users where the machine would machine auth (using certificate server) when no user is logged in and then users could SAML login once they are logged in.

 

Seems like Pulse doesn't support multiple realms on a single login URL if you do SAML? What's the workaround to do machine auth (during login) + SAML (for users). When I try to add multiple connections (one for SAML and one for Machine auth), the 2nd connection is wiped out automatically on connect which is odd. 

 

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Machine authentication & SAML

It does support multiple realms; unfortunately, as you have found out, it is moot because SAML takes priority
are you doing both connection types on the same connection (one for machine auth & one for user auth) against a realm designed for machine auth with urlA and a realm designed for SAML auth on urlB for the user auth?
when you say it is wiped out, how do you mean? if the initial config was pushed from the PCS & then you manually add a connection, yes, it should be removed when you connect as that connection is different than the bound connection
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Re: Machine authentication & SAML

 looks like the above issue that I mentioned was wrong configuration on my end. I have a working connection with SSO for User based authentication and certificate for machine authentication.

 

I still have an issue regarding the workflow though - when the user cancels out of SSO authentication (say they don't want to use VPN in their user session). The connection is deemed as "Disconnected - Manual Override". Once the connection is in this state, machine authentication doesn't kick in when I log out of switch user. The next time machine authentication will kick in is when I reboot and the connection is setup to auto-connect again. 

 

Is there a way to not force the user to login to VPN but still have machine authentication prior to user login.

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Re: Machine authentication & SAML

that sounds like there is a misbehavior in that, at least for logout. are the two forms on one connection or two different connections? If the latter, i am fairly certain that is not correct; the former? i am not sure
i would recommend reaching out to support and working with them for further investigation and validation.
have you tested with 9.1R1 or 9.0R4 and see the same behavior?