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As an alternative to the classic username/password scheme to prove an identity, a certificate can be used. While the underlying technology is complex, it can be thought of as an elaborate identity card. See for example Wikipedia for a more in-depth description.

Certificate authentication is needed in some special cases, and more convenient for use in automation (ie. Robot certificates).

Some communities require certificate authentication and such users might already have a certificate, that certificate is likely good to use with Swestore.

These pages describes the procedures to acquire a certificate (if needed) and how to make Swestore aware that you have a certificate.

Acquire a grid client certificate

If you already have a valid grid or eScience certificate you don't need to acquire another one.

Organizations who are members of SUNET TCS should be set up to be able to use the instructions on Requesting a grid certificate.

As a last resort, if your organization does not and will not support SUNET TCS, see Requesting a grid certificate from the Nordugrid CA.

This step can be performed while waiting for the storage application to be approved.

Register your grid client certificate in SUPR

You have to register the certificate in SUPR for Swestore to be aware of it. Make sure your certificate is stored in your browser, log in to SUPR, click Personal Information in the left menu, click Register Client Certificate and follow the instructions. Please wait for up to 10 minutes for this information to be distributed to Swestore.

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