Article ID: 6011, created on Feb 5, 2009, last review on May 11, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Virtuozzo containers for Windows 4.0


Smart cards can be used for authentication in a Windows container or for working with third party applications inside the container.

Below are the requirements for the container and Active Directory environment to be able to use a smart card:

1. The container to which you plan to log in on with the smart card should be joined to the Active Directory domain.
2. Smart Card service inside the container should be running.
3. Crypto Service Provider (CSP), which allows you to work with a smart card of the given type, should be installed inside this container.
4. In the domain controller, "Certificate authority" and CSP should be installed.
5. Set up the "Smartcard Logon" template for "Certificate authority." It allows you to create a certificate and write it down on the smart card.

How to log in to the container through RDP using a smart card:

1. Connect the smart card reader to the computer from which you are going to log in to the container through RDP.
2. Install the driver for the reader on this computer.
3. Run “Remote Desktop Connection” and configure support of the smart card in properties of “Remote Desktop Connection,” Local Resources, More, and Smart Cards.
4. Log in to the container.

Note that the smart card reader may not be displayed in the Device Manager of the container. To test its functionality in the container, it is necessary to use the diagnostic utilities shipped with the smart card.


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