Example: Configuring Connection and Authentication Profiles

While you can configure authentication to apply to all users, the web appliance allows different types of authentication based on different connection sources.

The appliance uses two kinds of profiles (connection profiles and authentication profiles) to specify authentication for IP addresses, devices, or client applications. This example demonstrates how to create an authentication profile that controls the way in which mobile devices are authenticated.

First, you will create a connection profile that defines these mobile devices, and then you will create an authentication profile that references that connection profile.

Creating a Connection Profile

  1. Select Configuration > System > Connection Profiles.
  2. Click Add.

    The Connection Profile Editor is displayed.

  3. In the Connection profile name text box, enter Mobile Devices.
  4. On the Devices tab, select Include only the selected devices in this profile.
  5. In the Devices list, select Android devices, Blackberry devices, iOS devices, and Kindle devices.

  6. Click Save.

    The “Mobile Devices” profile is displayed in the Connection Profiles list. The In use status is No.

Creating an Authentication Profile

  1. Select Configuration > System > Authentication.
  2. Select the Profiles tab.
  3. Click Add.

    The Authentication Profile Editor is displayed.

  4. On the Connection Profile page, select Apply to only the following connection profiles.
  5. Type or select Mobile Devices.

    Note Optionally, an authentication profile can contain multiple connection profiles. For example, you could later decide to create a separate “Blackberry” profile, and add it to this authentication profile.
  6. Click Add, and then click Next.
  7. On the Destination page, accept the default setting, Apply to all destinations. Click Next.
  8. On the Authentication page, accept the default setting, Bypass authentication. Click Next.
  9. In the Authentication profile name text box, enter Mobile.
  10. Click Save.

    The “Mobile” profile is displayed on the Profiles tab. Notice that there is "No Authentication Required" for this profile. If you return to the Configuration > System > Connection Profiles page, you'll see that the In use status of the “Mobile Devices” connection profile is now Yes.

  11. Select Configuration > System > Authentication > Profiles.
  12. Click Turn On. The authentication profile becomes active.