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Symantec ApplicationHA 6.0: Configuring single sign-on (SSO)

Symantec ApplicationHA monitors applications running inside virtual machines managed by a VMware vCenter Server. Symantec ApplicationHA adds a layer of application awareness to the core HA functionality offered by VMware virtualization technology. SSO is an authentication process where you can enter one user name and password and have access to multiple machines or multiple applications.

In Symantec ApplicationHA, after you configure SSO, an authenticated vCenter user does not have to provide the virtual machine user credentials each time that user logs on to configure and monitor applications. You must configure SSO between:

  • The virtual machine and ApplicationHA Console host.
  • The virtual machines at the protected site and ApplicationHA Console host at the recovery site.

The ApplicationHA Console host uses the Symantec ApplicationHA Authentication service to provide secure communications between the virtual machine and the Console host. It uses digital certificates for authentication and uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt communications. SSO authentication is used for all operations on the virtual machine.

Configuring SSO manually between the virtual machine and the ApplicationHA Console host

You must specify the virtual machine administrator account to set up permanent authentication for the virtual machine. Use the ApplicationHA tab to manually configure SSO between the virtual machine and the Console host.

Manually configure SSO if:

  • SSO is not configured while installing or upgrading the guest.
  • SSO configuration failed while installing or upgrading the guest.
  • You have installed or upgraded the guest components using the command line interface.

For more information, see the "Configuring single sign-on between the virtual machine and the ApplicationHA Console" section in the Symantec ApplicationHA User's Guide.

Configuring SSO between the virtual machines at the protected site and the ApplicationHA Console host at the recovery site

After you install Symantec ApplicationHA components for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM), you must configure SSO between the virtual machines at the protected site and the ApplicationHA Console host at the recovery site.

You can use the Symantec ApplicationHA SRM Components Configuration Wizard to configure SSO for virtual machines. You can launch the configuration wizard from the ApplicationHA Console host at the recovery site.

For more information, see the “Configuring single sign-on between the recovery and protected site” section in the Symantec ApplicationHA User's Guide.

Symantec ApplicationHA documentation for other releases and platforms can be found on the SORT website.