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.
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.