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Introduction to Network Authentication Guides

These Network Authentication guides will help you configure your Windows network domain for smart card logon using PIV credentials.

There are many useful pages and technical articles available online that include details on configurations and using generic smart cards. The information presented here addresses common questions and configurations specific to the U.S. federal government, PIV smart cards, and U.S. federal civilian agency certification authorities.


Work with your Network Engineers, Domain Admins, Account Management, and Information Security colleagues to review the information, perform the configurations, and troubleshoot any issues.

Pre-Launch Checklist

Check the following items before reviewing these network guides and lessons learned:

  1. Users have PIV credentials and PIV card readers.
  2. You are using Microsoft Active Directory to manage your Windows network.
  3. Domain Controllers are Microsoft 2012 or newer.
  4. User workstations are joined to your network and are Windows 8 or Windows 10-based.

Configuration Checklist

There are five configuration categories to review with your colleagues. All five include steps that must be completed; it’s best to review and complete the configuration categories in this order:

There are five additional guides:

We want to add additional information for installing Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) services, addressing common errors and troubleshooting, and configuring MacOSX and other operating systems.

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