About Smart Card requirements for Dameware

Smart cards provide a form of two-factor authentication to securely connect with a computer. You can use smart cards with Dameware Mini Remote Control to log in remotely and interactively. Interactive login allows users of Dameware Mini Remote Control to access remote machines and interactively login with their PIN while they are at the Logon Desktop, as if they are physically at the console of the remote machine. Remote Smart Card authentication does not require Smart Card middle ware, and does not require a Smart Card reader attached to the remote machine.

The following is a list of requirements necessary for Dameware Mini Remote Control to authenticate successfully with smart cards.

  • Smart Card login and authentication is only supported on Windows Vista and above.
  • Microsoft's Smart Card Services (scardsvr) must be installed.
  • The Operating System and network implementation must be configured properly for Smart Card authentication. The Smart Card and PIN must have sufficient rights to log on to the remote machine.
  • A Smart Card reader must be installed on the local machine.
  • Smart Card Authentication to Active Directory requires that Smart Card workstations, Active Directory, and Active Directory Domain Controllers be configured properly. Active Directory must trust a certification authority to authenticate users based on certificates from that CA. Both Smart Card workstations and Domain Controllers must be configured with correctly configured certificates.
  • A Smart Card reader is not required on the remote machine.
  • When using smart card authentication interactively, a New Hardware Found notification may be displayed on the remote computer.

You can elect to use smart card authentication when you create your host entry on the Dameware Mini Remote Control application, or you can choose to use smart card authentication in the client agent's settings.