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How To Set Up A Certificate Authority In 10 Minutes

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.

 

Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio

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