MFA for Windows Credential Provider

The Okta Credential Provider for Windows enables strong authentication using MFA with Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) clients. Using the Okta Credential Provider for Windows, RDP clients (Windows workstations and servers) are prompted for MFA when accessing supported domain joined Windows machines and servers.

Before you begin

Requirements for installing the Okta Credential Provider for Windows:

  • Proxy configuration: The Okta Credential Provider for Windows doesn't support a discrete proxy configuration. It does obey proxy configurations at the system level.
  • The Windows machine used for installation must have an active internet connection with port 443 open.
  • The installing account must have administrative rights to install the Okta Windows Credential Provider Agent, Visual C++ Redistributable and .NET 4.0+.
  • Inline enrollment isn't supported. End users can't enroll an authenticator during an RDP sign in. End users must enroll their MFA authenticators before attempting to use RDP to sign in to a Windows server. Otherwise, sign in attempts using RDP result in an authentication failed response from Okta.

Limitations

Please note the following limitations:

  • Only a single Okta Verify device should be enrolled. Enrolling second and subsequent Okta Verify devices may cause undefined or unexpected behavior.
  • When defining password policy rules, if Any enrolled authenticator used for MFA/SSO is selected for Additional verification, RDP password is disabled and no longer functions.
  • TLS 1.2 is required.

Supported Operating Systems

The Okta Credential Provider for Windows agent can be installed on the following:

  • Windows Server 2022 (version 1.3.0 and above of the agent)
  • Windows Server 2019 (version 1.3.0 and above of the agent)
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Supported authenticators

See Multifactor Authentication for a list of supported MFA authenticators.

Typical workflow

Task

Description

Download the agent Download the Okta Credential Provider for Windows Agent from the Settings > Downloads page your in Okta org. The agent is found in the MFA Plugins and Agents section. Download the agent to the machine that you want to install it onto.
Configure Okta org

Before installing the Okta credential provider for Windows, your org must have:

  • Configured an authenticator enrollment policy that includes the required MFA authenticators

  • Configured an optional group that contains the users allowed to access the Windows Server using RDP
  • Added and configured the Microsoft RDP (MFA) app
Assign users All users who sign in to any machines that have the Credential Provider installed must to be assigned to the Microsoft RDP (MFA) app.
Install the agent
Okta Credential Provider for Windows supports standard and silent install. Install the agent as described.
Test and verify Complete the installation by verifying the end-user sign in process.

Configure system account proxy

Optional. Configure a proxy server.
Troubleshoot If required, troubleshoot the agent.