Configuring certificate or smart card authentication in Rational Publishing Engine
You can generate documents from the Rational® Publishing Engine desktop client by using a certificate (.p12) file or a smart card, which are more secure than logging in with a user name and password.
About this task
Although a certificate file and a smart card are different, they are both certificates that are used for authentication. Certificate authentication is more secure than BASIC and FORM-based authentication. Certificate authentication uses HTTP over SSL and authentication occurs by using a public key certificate that is issued by a trusted organization, which is known as a certificate authority.
Authentication when adding a schema
When you add a schema in Document Studio, enter the authentication details for the smart card or digital certificate:
If you choose SSL Certificate, enter the certificate path and
- If you choose Smart-Card, select the certificate and enter the password.
Setting authentication when configuring the data source
You can specify to use certificate or smart card authentication in Launcher:
- In the Document Specification view, expand .
- Right-click the data source and select Configure Data Source.
For smart card authentication, select Smart-Card authentication as the
authentication type and enter the password.
For SSL Certificate authentication, select SSL Certificate
authentication as the authentication type and browse to select the path to the SSL certificate.
Enter the password if needed.
Setting authentication in the Properties view
You can also set authentication details in the Properties view for the data source. There are two properties associated with smart card or certificate authentication:
- SSL Certificate Path: The path to the certificate file.
Smart Card Certificate: The smart card certificate alias
Authentication when configuring or generating a document
You can enter smart card or SSL configuration details when you configure or generate a document.
Authentication when discovering a schema
You can enter smart card or SSL configuration details when you discover a schema with the REST or REST V2 schema discovery wizards, when replacing a schema or template from an HTTP location, or when selecting a global configuration.