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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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Now we are going to submit the request to the CA for signing. We are doing this ourselves, so it seems like a lot of steps, but you can assign people tasks such as reviewing and approving requests. Go to your certificate servers web page, by default http://<hostname>/certserv

Select Request a Certificate->advanced certificate request->"Submit a certificate request by using a base-64-encoded CMC or PKCS #10 file, or submit a renewal request by using a base-64-encoded PKCS #7 file."

We are going to submit our request here. You can also create a certificate request by filling in the fields, but in most cases, you will generate the request on the device and submit that to the CA.

 

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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