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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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In order for your browsers and hosts to trust the certificate issued by your CA, you need to install the root CA certificate into the host or browser key store. There are a number of ways that you can do it. One way is just point your browser at the Certificate Services web site and download the CA certificate. You want to do this from a trusted location in case those pesky hackers MITM you. In Firefox, I clicked "Download CA certificate" and selected "Trust this CA to identify web sites" and hit OK.

 

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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