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WLC authentication based on AD/LDAP

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May 18th, 2012
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What are the possibilities for configuring a WLC to authenticate WLAN users based on their Active Directory user account?

Is this possible by setting up local EAP on the WLC?

I’ am looking for a solution where there are no changes to the Domain Controller involved and also no setting op IAS/RADIUS.


Thanks in advance,

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maldehne Sun, 05/20/2012 - 13:57
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with AD

LEAP, EAP-FAST/MSCHAPv2, and PEAPv0/MSCHAPv2 are not supported because AD is not set to return clear-text-password


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maldehne Sun, 05/20/2012 - 19:22
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The difference here we are talking about EAP-FAST/with EAP-TLS not mschap v2 which is not supported as I have alread mentioend.


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GuidoBarendse88 Sat, 05/26/2012 - 07:14
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We are also thinking about implementing an open guest network. This network is open to connect to but when you connect to the internet you need to accept an agreement and login via a web page. Can this be done with the 2504 WLC?

Also web-filtering on the guest network has to be done. Which device would you recommend for this task?

Amjad Abdullah Sun, 05/27/2012 - 03:04
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You can implement open guest network and choose passthrough under Layer 3 security tab in WLAN config (see image below) so the connected users see a page and press "OK" button before they are able to connect to go to internet.

In that page you can write your Agreement so the users accept it by pressing the OK button.

You can modify the page by using a cusotme web-bundle and modify the pages in it then upload it back to the WLC.

Here you'll find all what you need about how to do that:


You also have the option to use an external page (rather than downloading a customized bundle) for your agreement. Here is a config example how to use external server for web-auth:




Amjad Abdullah Sun, 05/27/2012 - 22:06
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Actually this is out of my experience and my answer below will be as what I usually "hear" from my security colleagues.

You may consider BlueCoat  for web filtering. (I am not even sure if it is permitted to metnion vendors name here).

You can check and contact the vendor for their products. Choose what is best for you.

You can also search and ask on security forums if there are any other products.




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