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SEPM 11.x: Using AD to log in: what is Use Secure Connection?

Created: 09 Nov 2012 • Updated: 09 Feb 2013 | 1 comment
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Hi all.  I'm considering using AD credentials instad of ones in the SEP databaes to log into SEPM.  There's a checkbox in the Add > Directory Servers tab under Edit Server Properties called Use Secure Connection. 

If I check this box, I can't click the Ok button without getting an error.  Without it checked I can save the creds and info which implies it CAN connect to the AD server.  I haven't tested logging in yet. 

I'm wondering, what does this checkbox mean?  What is being Secured? AD logins are secured already from a client PC to an AD DC, yet this SEPM checkbox implies that I would be sending login creds from SEP to the DC in the clear, which if true makes me questioni the security focus of SEP's product design to begin with.  :) But anyway, does anybody know what this checkbox enables?  Is it some kind of SSL connection to the server, or perhaps something in the area of Kerberos or something?  Either way, when I enable this checkbox I get the error that the server failed to connect to the target driectory server and do I want to add this entry to the list anyway (Yes/No/Cancel). 

Any thoughts good people? 

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Brɨan's picture

Check this KB article:

https://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?pa...

Secure Connection uses LDAP port 636

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