Microsoft Azure – CSR Generation & SSL Installation Guide Using The Digicert Certificate Utility

Azure requires a pfx/p12 for its SSL Certificate installation. This file can only be generated from a Windows system or an application. You will never attain such a file from a Certificate Authority. Typically in order to get an SSL Certificate for your Azure cloud services Admins will use Windows Server IIS (Internet Information Services) to generate the pfx/p12 keypair used to import into Azure, but not everyone has IIS. The Digicert Certificate Utility for Windows allows for the ability for admins to create the .pfx file needed for Azure systems without the need for a Windows Server. This guide will carry you through the following: CSR generation SSL installation Export of installed certificate as a pfx Import pfx into […]

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Windows Azure – SSL Installation

Like the majority of server systems you will install your SSL certificate on the same server where your Certificate Signing Request (CSR) was created. This is because your private key will always be left on the server system where the CSR was originally created. With Microsoft systems the private key is hidden away and will only appear once the CSR request has been completed. Your SSL certificate will not work without this private key file. Majority of Azure clients create this keypair from a Windows IIS system. They would install the certificate back into the IIS system, Export and Import it into their Azure Account. We will assume that this is the case and the original system. If you already […]

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Microsoft Azure – CSR Instructions

To generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for Windows Azure, you must create a  gets a key pair for your server the public key and private key.  On Windows type systems PFX/PKCS12 requests are made, and are stored on the system. Typically clients generate a CSR on a Windows IIS system to use this with their  Windows Azure account. Then they import the certificate back on the IIS where CSR was made and export the certificate to a pfx file, which they can upload to their Azure account. Below are instructions to generate a pfx keypair using Windows IIS. Step 1: Generating your CSR: Choose Start > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. In the IIS Manager on the left, select your server name. In […]

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