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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Review the request. You can see the informational fields in the request. The only critical field is Issued to: That is the common name in the previous step. Just click through the defaults.

The IIS Manager will create a public/private key pair; create the certificate request adding the public key to it, and sign it with the corresponding private key. The private key never leaves the IIS server at this point although you can export it later.

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