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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Open the certificate request you created in notepad or some other ASCII editor. Select all of the text making sure you include -----BEGIN NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- and -----END NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----. This is a signed, base64 encoded file. If you open it in a non-ASCII editor the characters could get munged. If you don't get the begin and end lines, the CA won't process it. Click submit.

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