HTTPS Communication SCCM 2012 SP1 (Part 1) 3

If you do a default installation of ConfigMgr 2012 the clients will communicate over HTTP with the Management Point. Also all traffic from the Distribution Point will be over HTTP. And if you use the Application Catalog, well that’s HTTP also.

In this 3 post series I will explain the steps to go from HTTP to HTTPS communication.
The first post (this one) I explained the Certificates needed, the second (HERE) and third one (HERE) will do the actual work of transforming ConfigMgr from HTTP to HTTPS.

As you could read in previous post my PKI Infrastructure is already in place.
Time to put it to its full use!

For full background details look here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg682023.aspx#BKMK_clientdistributionpoint2008_cm2012

 

ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 needs 3 certificates to fully function:

  1. Client Certificate
  2. Web Server Certificate
  3. Client certificate for Distribution Points

 

The Client Certificate will be deployed through Active Directory with an auto-enrollment GPO. The other 2 will be imported on the SCCM 2012 SP1 server.

The Web Server Certificate will be configured in Internet Information Server (IIS), and the Client certificate for Distribution Points will be used authenticate the Distribution Point to HTTPS and for PXE support to clients. This will be configured in SCCM 2012 SP1.

 

Client Certificate

On the Certificate Authority (CA) server open up your CA and Duplicate Template.
The template you need for this is the Workstation Authentication.
Make sure to select ‘Windows Server 2003 Enterprise’ as ‘Windows Server 2008 Enterprise’ is NOT supported by ConfigMgr 2012 SP1!

On the security tab select ‘Read’ and ‘Autoenroll’ for Domain Computers, do not clear ‘Enroll’.

Back in the CA console, right-click Certificate Templates, New and Certificate Template to Issue. Choose your Client Certificate.


 

Auto-enrollment of the Client Certificate

For auto-enrollment use a Group Policy Object (GPO).

Best practice is to use a separate GPO for the auto-enrollment.
In the Group Policy Management console, Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.
(be sure to point to the right Organizational Unit (OU)).

Now go to Computer Configuration – Policies – Windows Settings – Security Settings – Public Key Policies.

 

Right-click and Enable auto-enrollment:


 

Web Server Certificate

On the Certificate Authority (CA) server open up your CA and Duplicate Template.
The template you need for this is the Web Server.
Make sure to select ‘Windows Server 2003 Enterprise’ as ‘Windows Server 2008 Enterprise’ is NOT supported by ConfigMgr 2012 SP1!

On the security tab select ‘Read’ and ‘Enroll’ for your SCCM Site (IIS) Server(s), clear ‘Enroll’ for Enterprise Admins.

On the Subject Name tab be sure the Supply in the request is selected.

Back in the CA console, right-click Certificate Templates, New and Certificate Template to Issue. Choose your ConfigMgr Web Server Certificate.

 

Enrollment of the ConfigMgr Web Server Certificate

Open a MMC and add the Certificate snapin for Local Computer.

Right-click Certificates and Request New Certificate. Select the ConfigMgr Web Server Certificate you created.

Select More information is required to enroll for this certificate. Click here to configure settings.

In the Certificate Properties dialog box, in the Subject tab, do not make any changes to the Subject name. This means that the Value box for the Subject name section remains blank. Instead, from the Alternative name section, click the Type drop-down list, and then select DNS.

In the Value box, specify the FQDN values that you will specify in the Configuration Manager site system properties, and then click OK to close the Certificate Properties dialog box.

Examples:

  • If the site system will only accept client connections from the intranet, and the intranet FQDN of the site system server is sccm2012.lab.local: Type sccm2012.lab.local, and then click Add.
  • If the site system will accept client connections from the intranet and the Internet, and the intranet FQDN of the site system server is sccm2012.lab.local and the Internet FQDN of the site system server is sccm2012.wibier.me:
    • Type sccm2012.lab.local, and then click Add.
    • Type sccm2012.wibier.me, and then click Add.

 

Configure IIS to use the ConfigMgr Web Server Certificate

On the SCCM Web Server open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

Expand Sites, right-click your site (usually ‘Default Web Site’) and select Edit Bindings.

Select the HTTPS entry and Edit.

OK and Close.

(You can check the site by opening Internet Explorer and browse to your site with https://. There should not be a warning about a certificate.)

 

Client certificate for Distribution Points

On the Certificate Authority (CA) server open up your CA and Duplicate Template.
The template you need for this is the Workstation Authentication.
Make sure to select ‘Windows Server 2003 Enterprise’ as ‘Windows Server 2008 Enterprise’ is NOT supported by ConfigMgr 2012 SP1!

On the security tab select ‘Read’ and ‘Enroll’ for your SCCM Site Server(s), clear ‘Enroll’ for Enterprise Admins.

On the Request Handling tab select the Allow private key to be exported.

Back in the CA console, right-click Certificate Templates, New and Certificate Template to Issue. Choose your ConfigMgr Client Certificate for Distribution Points.

 

Enrollment of the Client certificate for Distribution Points

Open a MMC and add the Certificate snapin for Local Computer.

Right-click Certificates and Request New Certificate. Select the Client certificate for Distribution Points you created.

After that Export the certificate WITH the private key.

Part 2 HERE!

Part 3 HERE!

3 thoughts on “HTTPS Communication SCCM 2012 SP1 (Part 1)

  1. Pingback: HTTPS Communication SCCM 2012 SP1 « MS Tech BLOG

  2. Reply damien Mar 8,2016 1:58 pm

    Hi, why does the certificate need to be exported with the private key from the distribution point? Is it to import into other distribution points? I was expecting the post to continue in the second post but it starts from new. If I have multiple distribution points do I need to create separate certificate requests on each one or just import the exported cert?

  3. Reply Rash Nov 26,2018 1:57 pm

    A bit late to this party, but to answer the above, the certificate is exported with a full key from the client certificate store. It is then imported to the DP as a .PFX to allow clients to PXE boot and build via HTTPS, *if* the site is set to communicate only in HTTPS and/or the DP is set for HTTPS only.

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