Kerberos simple cluster application reference architecture
The simple Kerberos cluster Access Gateway architecture represents a set of components required for Kerberos based authentication and authorization using Access Gateway.
This architecture extends the single Kerberos instance by adding an Access Gateway cluster.
This architecture is designed to meet the following requirements:
- Protect a Kerberos (Windows IIS) based service.
- Meet basic fault tolerance and high availability needs for Access Gateway.
Benefits and drawbacks
|External internet||Web clients||
Traditional client browser accessing Access Gateway using known as [appN|consumer-app1].example.com URLs.
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URL representing the application an external web client would enter to access one of the applications secured by Access Gateway. Typically all URLs of this nature are served by, and resolve to, the Access Gateway instance.
Your Okta org, providing identity services.
|Okta org Universal Directory||
Okta universal directory, housed within an Okta org, containing users outside other LDAP/AD implementations. Typically these include other customer accounts, partner accounts and more.
External internet to DMZ
Traditional firewall between the external internet and the DMZ hosting Access Gateway.
|DMZ||Pre load balancer Balances load between clients and the cluster. Positioned between clients and the cluster.||Pre load balancer Balances load between clients and the cluster. Positioned between clients and the cluster.|
|Access Gateway||Access Gateway cluster, located in the DMZ is used to provide access to applications used by external internet clients.
Contains a Kerberos service and a keytab.
See Create keytab for details of creating a keytab.
See Add Kerberos service for details of defining a Access Gateway Kerberos service.
Typically hosted in a virtual environment such as Amazon Web Services, MS Azure, Oracle OCI or something similar. See Manage Access Gateway deployment.
DMZ to internal firewall
Traditional firewall between DMZ and the internal network.
|Internal network||Service/Protected application||
The set of protected web resources, in this case Microsoft Services, accessed using the
|Pre internal Kerberos domain load balance||Load balancer for the Kerberos domain service cluster|
|Microsoft domain service cluster with Key Distribution Center||
Domain service cluster containing a Key Distribution Center (KDC) .
In this architecture the Domain service/KDC represents multiple instances acting as a cluster.
DNS is typically split externally vs internally. All external URLs, such as
[appN|comsumer-app1].example.com, would be served externally and point to the Access Gateway instance. Internal URLs, used by Access Gateway such as
[protd-N|comsumer-app1].internal-example.com, would be served by internal DNS.
Most architectures forward log events to an external syslog component. Okta strongly recommends that a logging server be configured for all Access Gateway environments.
See Configure log forwarders for more information on configuring log forwarding.
Additionally, Access Gateway itself is typically managed via internal access only. That is, administrators typically access Access Gateway itself from behind the firewall. This is shown in other architectures.