New Interim DCM Tool Now Available

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New Interim DCM Tool Now Available

The new interim solution, which has been available for EFS-Web and Private PAIR authentication since October 2016, is now available for Digital Certificate Manager (DCM) as well. This interim solution provides a new, plug-in-free option for users to authenticate and manage their PKI certificates, and will expand browser options until a new, permanent solution is in place. While you can continue to use the existing method (Java Applet), the new authentication method will be available for use. 

If You Want to Use the New DCM Method - Java Web Start

This interim solution uses Java Web Start technology, allowing users to authenticate into EFS-Web, Private PAIR, and DCM utilizing their current digital certificate. The new option provides users more flexibility in browser choice as it reduces the dependency on the Java Applet plug-in.

To use the Java Web Start option, you must have version 8 of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) software installed.

Upon entering DCM in your web browser, select the “Digital Certificate Management with Java Web Start (new method)” link, which will launch a new window that shows multiple options for DCM functions. Depending on which function you select, the additional information required will vary. Some functions, such as “Register for Recovery Codes," will require you to input your .epf file, password, select the checkbox next to “I understand…”,  and click the Authenticate button.

For additional information and instructions on using the Interim Authentication and DCM method, please visit EFS-Web and PAIR System Requirements, under the Java Web Start section. 

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