Setting Up Windows (SSO) Authentication for Pulse

Starting now with Pulse v5.7.3, you can now use Windows (SSO) Authentication for Pulse. What that means is when you navigate to the Pulse website (or thick client) you can be automatically logged in with your Windows account. 

Windows Authentication provides two major benefits:

  • Users no longer have to remember passwords.
  • All logging of who does what in Pulse will have the persons user name.

1. Create a new Pulse user DOMAIN\username

Once Windows Authentication is turned on, Pulse will automatically create users when they navigate to Pulse for the first time. Users will be created with a user of DOMAIN\user and will have PUBLIC group privileges.

To enable Windows Authentication, just follow these steps:

  • Stop the Pulse services
  • Close your web browser (To clear the cookies)
  • Open Pulse.cfg and update the new parameter WindowsAuthentication = true
  • Open a new web browser 
  • Go to the Pulse URL and Pulse should log you automatically. Pulse will create a new user DOMAIN\user:

This new user will be part of the PUBLIC group, any user of this group sees the same content as someone who isn’t logged in.

2. Give Admin right to your new user DOMAIN\username

To set Admin rights to your new user, you will have to turn off Windows Authentication, login as Admin and give Admin privileges to your new user:

  • Stop Pulse services
  • Close your web browser (To clear the cookies)
  • Open Pulse.cfg and update the new parameter WindowsAuthentication = false
  • Open a new web browser
  • Login with Admin user
  • Go to Administration > Users and tick the Admin box for your new user:

3. Turn on Windows Authentication

Now that you have one user with Admin right setup, you just need now to turn on the Windows Authentication:

  • Stop Pulse services
  • Close your web browser (To clear the cookies)
  • Open Pulse.cfg and update the new parameter WindowsAuthentication = true
  • Open a new web browser
  • Go to the Pulse URL and Pulse should log you automatically. Pulse will create a new user DOMAIN\user:

It can be noted that once Windows Authentication is set up, you cannot log out anymore, each time you click log out, Pulse will log back you in.