Understanding smart card login

Smart cards provide an enhanced level of security authentication for logging into an Active Directory domain. To configure a smart card for use on a Mac computer that is running the DirectControl agent, requires that you have already set up a smart card for use in a Windows domain. You do not need to add any smart card infrastructure to the Mac computer, other than a smart card reader and a provisioned smart card.

If you have set up smart card login for Windows clients in a domain, you can use Access Manager to configure smart card login for Mac clients joined to the same domain. If you have provisioned a smart card for use on a Windows computer once you configure smart card support for a Mac computer, you can use the same smart card to log in to a Mac computer.