How to Create Certificate Template for Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy for PKI Infrastructure

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Introduction

If your SCCM infrastructure is configured in HTTPs (PKI) then you also need to configure the Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy (CM Proxy) in PKI mode to enable its communication with SCCM. 

To do this you will need to prepare a certificate template in your Certificate Authority (CA), trusted by SCCM. This certificate template will then be used for issuing a PKI certificate for the Parallels CM Proxy by its configuration utility. This PKI certificate will secure the communication between the Parallels CM Proxy and the Configuration Manager site by using mutual authentication and encrypted data transfers.

This article will provide you with a step-by-step guidance for preparing a certificate template for Parallels CM Proxy.

Note: The article was created for Windows Server 2016, steps and screenshots may look differently on older systems.

Notes

  1. You can create the certificate template manually, as described below.
  2. Or you can use Parallels Mac Management Server Tools to automate this task.

Create Certificate Template for Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy

  1. Open Certification Authority console:

    1. Open the Start menu and  click on Certification Authority:
    2. Certification authority console will show up:
  2. Open Certificate Templates console:
    1. Right click on Certificate Templates item, located in Certification Authority (Local) → <name-of-your-ca> and click Manage:
    2. Certificate Templates Console will show up:
  3. Duplicate Web Server certificate template:
    1. Scroll down to find the Web Server certificate template, right-click on this template, and then click Duplicate Template:
  4. Configure Compatibility options:
    1. Ensure that Certification Authority is set to Windows Server 2008,
    2. and Certificate recipient is set to Windows 7/ Server 2008:
    3. When changing Certificate recipient you will be informed that the necessary changes will effectively happen in the template options:
    4. Press OK button to apply these changes.
  5. In General options, provide a distinctive name for the new certificate template:
  6. In Cryptography options ensure minimum key size is set to 2048:
  7. In Request Handling options, ensure that Allow private key to be exported is turned ON:
  8. In Subject Name options:
    1. Ensure Supply in the request radio button is selected.
    2. Turn ON the Use subject information from existing certificates for autoenrollment renewal requests checkbox:
  9. In the Extensions options add Client Authentication to the description of Application Policies:
    1. Select Application Policies in the list of Extensions included in the template, and click Edit... button:
    2. In the Edit Application Policies Extension dialog press Add... button:
    3. Choose Client Authentication item and press OK button:
    4. Client Authentication policy will be added to the Description of Application Policies:
    5. Now press OK button to apply changes and close the Properties dialog.
  10. In the Security options grant Enroll and Autoenroll permissions to following accounts:
    1. Press Add... button:
    2. Find the following accounts:
      1. User account, which will be used for configuring CM Proxy;
      2. Account of the computer, where CM Proxy will be installed;
      3. User account, which will be used for running CM Proxy, if CM Proxy will not be running under LocalSystem account!
      4. then press OK.
    3. Grant Enroll and Autoenroll permissions to added accounts:
  11. Press OK in the Properties of New Template dialog to finish the creation of new template:

  12. Issue the certificate template you have just created:
    1. Get back to the Certification Authority console.
    2. Right click on Certificate Templates item, located in Certification Authority (Local) → <name-of-your-ca> and click New → Certificate Template to issue in opened context menu:
    3. Enable Certificate Templates dialog will pop up:
    4. Choose the certificate template you have just created, and press OK button.
  13. Now you have the certificate template ready to be used during the configuration of Parallels Configuration Manager Proxy in PKI mode.

 

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