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Smartcard use with Windows XP Pro on a Dell Latitude Notebook

I currently have a Dell Latitude D610 PC with a smartcard reader build it.   I also purchase some Smartcards in Ebay and would like to be able to enable authentication on my laptop with the use of these Smartcards.  I need to have a backup card too in case I loose the main access card.


Questions:

Do I need any specific software to enable this, or does Windows XP Pro supports this by default ?

Do you know of any particular guide I can read to setup this  security on my notebook ?

Any quick  guide from you on how to enable authentication using Smartcards ?


Thank you !!


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carotech
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ranganathan_gpCommented:
1)Do I need any specific software to enable this, or does Windows XP Pro supports this by default ?
Smart card support for Windows XP Pro :yes
 
2) Do you know of any particular guide I can read to setup this  security on my notebook ?
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3)Any quick  guide from you on how to enable authentication using Smartcards ?

After you apply this update, follow these steps to enable 802.1x authentication: 1. Installing the hotfix installs the 802.1x service in the disabled state. To change the Wireless Configuration service startup to Automatic: Right-click My Computer, and then click Manage. Click Services and Applications, and then click Services. Set the Startup value for the service to Automatic, and then start the service.
2. Open Network Connections by clicking Start, pointing to Settings, clicking Control Panel, and then double-clicking Network Connections.
3. Right-click the wireless connection for which you want to enable or disable 802.1x authentication, and then click Properties.
4. On the Authentication tab, do one of the following: • To enable 802.1x authentication for this connection, click to select the Enable network access control using IEEE 802.1x check box. By default, this check box is selected.
• To disable 802.1x authentication for this connection, click to clear the Enable network access control using IEEE 802.1x check box.  
 
5. In the EAP type box, click the Extensible Authentication Protocol type that is to be used with this connection.
6. If you click Smart Card or other Certificate in the EAP type box, you can configure additional properties if you click Properties and then follow these steps in Smart Card or other Certificate properties: • To use the certificate that is located in the certificate store on your computer for authentication, click Use a certificate on this computer.
• To verify that the server certificate that is presented to your computer is still valid, click to select the Validate server certificate check box, specify whether to connect only if the server is located in a particular domain, and then specify the trusted root certification authority.
• To use a different user name when the user name in the certificate is different from the user name in the domain to which you are logging on, click to select the Use a different user name for the connection check box.  
 
7. If you click Protected EAP (PEAP) in the EAP type box, your Windows user name and password are used for authentication.
8. To specify whether the computer should try authentication on the network if a user is not logged on, if the computer or user information is not available, or both, follow these steps: • To specify that the computer try authentication on the network if a user is not logged on, click to select the Authenticate as computer when computer information is available check box. By default, this check box is selected.
• To specify that the computer try authentication on the network if user information or computer information is not available, click to select the Authenticate as guest when user or computer information is unavailable check box.  
 

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carotechAuthor Commented:
Thanks Ranganathan.  I wil try all your suggestions. I just purchased some smartcards on Ebay and these might not be compatible with my built in reader.  I think there is very little information on how to get this done properly.   Do you know if there is any  Smartcard installation for dummys out there ?



Thank you.

Carlos
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