How To Set Up A Certificate Authority In 10 Minutes

, March 28, 2012 Having a company owned certificate authority makes managing your network devices simpler and more secure. There is nothing inherently wrong with self-signed certs, but you can do better. You can build a CA issue your first certificate in about 10 minutes. Here is how to do it.
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Click Issued Certificates and find the certificate you just issued. Right click and select Details and you can view the certificate or save it to a file. If you save it do a file, save it as a Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER) file and give it a name. This is the most common format. Your appliance may require a DER encoded file, so you have that option as well.

See the information in the lower window? That's what I mean by meaningful. If I had devices all over the place, I could easily see the locations from the certificates.


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