Distributing Certificates

Francois Gaudreault fgaudreault at inverse.ca
Fri Jan 6 22:36:04 CET 2012

I mean, if you refer to the "validate server certificate" option, you 
will need to have a CA installed on the RADIUS side (probably your 
domain CA), then generate a server certificate signed with the CA for 
RADIUS, but you only need to install the CA on the machines, not client 

That can be easily done using a GPO like others said.

Unless you want to do EAP-TLS, but that's another story.

On 12-01-06 4:07 PM, McSparin, Joe wrote:
> I don't have any particular desire to use certificates thus far in testing mode have been using PEAP and just ignoring the warning that tells me there is a certificate on the server that doesn't match.  I assumed in deployment I would have to install certificates so the users wouldn't be confused when they saw that message.  I thought that FreeRadius had to have certificates set up even if they were just example ones.  Radiusd -X runs bootstrap which creates example certificates automatically.  This led me to believe that certificates were somehow integral to 802.1x.  Is that not the case?  If so how can you take certificates completely out of the equation?
> Joseph R. McSparin
> Network Administrator
> Hill Country Memorial Hospital
> 830 990 6638 phone
> 830 990 6623 fax
> jmcsparin at hillcountrymemorial.org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: freeradius-users-bounces+jmcsparin=hillcountrymemorial.org at lists.freeradius.org [mailto:freeradius-users-bounces+jmcsparin=hillcountrymemorial.org at lists.freeradius.org] On Behalf Of David Mitton
> Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 12:44 PM
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> Subject: RE: Distributing Certificates
> You can do such things as suggested... but you haven't articulated
> what your goal is and what you will be using the certificates for?
> 802.1X doesn't "require" certificates... but you may want to use them
> depending on what you are trying to do.
> Dave.
> Quoting "Danner, Mearl"<jmdanner at samford.edu>:
>> If you are using AD and have a CA set up you can create
>> autoenrollment gpo's for domain attached machines. You can issue
>> either user or computer certs. Can also configure the Windows
>> wireless supplicant via gpo.
>> Mearl
>> From:
>> freeradius-users-bounces+jmdanner=samford.edu at lists.freeradius.org
>> [mailto:freeradius-users-bounces+jmdanner=samford.edu at lists.freeradius.org]
>> On Behalf Of McSparin, Joe
>> Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 10:18 AM
>> To: FreeRadius users mailing list
>> Subject: Distributing Certificates
>> Now that I have my Radius server configured I need to begin
>> implementation I have 600 computers that will be using it.  The
>> question I am wondering is do I have to go around and install a
>> certificate on every one of the computers and then maintain that
>> every year changing out the certificate on 600 computers or is there
>>   some way that the server passes out certificates when the machine
>> logs on.  Or do I have an incorrect understanding of how to
>> implement 802.1x security.
>> Joseph R. McSparin
>> Network Administrator
>> Hill Country Memorial Hospital
>> 830 990 6638 phone
>> 830 990 6623 fax
>> jmcsparin at hillcountrymemorial.org
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