How To Import A Certificate Into Mac OS

Depending on the circumstance you may need to import an SSL or Code Signing Certificate into a Mac system. Typically all Mac OS systems refer to the Mac’s Keychain Access for all things pertaining to digital certificates, unless by a different design on whatever application the you are using. Mac Systems use pfx/p12 files that contain both the public & private key to perform its signing, encryption, etc.. similar to Microsoft.  Therefore, if you need to import a functional SSL or Code Signing certificate into Mac you will need a .pfx/.p12 To import your SSL or Code Signing Certificate into you Mac system perform the following. Importing your  PKCS#12 .pfx/.P12 file on Mac OS X To open Keychain Access, start by clicking on […]

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SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) – SSL Installation

SonicWALL Newtwork Security Appliance (NSA) is a unique server system that uses pem files similar to Apache. As far as Apache “Type” systems go, this one is impressively easy to work with. To install your SSL Certificate on a Dell SonicWALL NSA system perform the following. Step 1: Downloading your SSL Certificate & its Intermediate CA certificate: If you had the option of server type during enrollment or a lot of times selected something Other than Microsoft you will receive a x509/.cer/.crt/.pem version of your certificate within the email. Alternately you can access your Certificate User Portal by the supplied link in the email to pick up the x509 version of your certificate. Copy the SSL certificate and make sure to copy […]

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Citrix Netscaler VPX (10) Loadbalancer – 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. Your private key will always be left on the server system where the CSR was originally created. Your SSL certificate will not work without this private key file. We will assume that this is the original system. To install your SSL certificate on Citrix Netscaler 10 & 10.5 perform the following. Step 1: Downloading your SSL Certificate & its Intermediate CA certificate: If you had the option of server type during enrollment and selected Other you will receive a x509/.cer/.crt/.pem version of your certificate within the email. Alternately you can access your Certificate User Portal by […]

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CSR Generation Instructions (All Systems)

A Certificate Signing Request or CSR is a specially formatted underdeveloped public key  that is used for enrollment of an SSL Certificate. The information on this CSR is important for a Certificate Authority (CA). It is needed to validate the information required to issue a SSL Certificate. Creation of a CSR also means you are creating your private key. The private key will always be left on the system or application where the CSR is generated. The Private key will be required later for installation. If you do not see your server listed Perform a search or you may have to contact your server vender or hosting provider for best practices on how to generate a CSR on your system. […]

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Filemaker 15 – 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. Your private key will always be left on the server system where the CSR was originally created. Your SSL certificate will not work without this private key file. We will assume that this is the original system. To install your SSL certificate On Filemaker 15 perform the following. Step 1: Downloading your SSL Certificate & its Intermediate CA certificate: If you had the option of server type during enrollment and selected Other you will receive a x509/.cer/.crt/.pem version of your certificate within the email. Alternately you can access your Certificate User Portal by the supplied link in the email […]

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SSL Installation Instructions (All Systems)

After your certificate has been issued 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. It will be either in the application or left somewhere on a directory and path you choose when you generated the CSR. Your SSL certificate will not work without this private key file. If you do not see your server listed perform a search, or you may have to contact your server vender or hosting provider for best practices on how to install a SSL certificate on your system. Check your […]

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Cisco Wireless LAN Controller – SSL Installation

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) is a very custom environment initially when generating your CSR and preparing your Server Certificate after it has been issued. Below are generalized instructions. If you have a custom installation, you will need to adjust these instructions appropriately. Cisco WLC is quite complicated during its initial set up of the keypair and Cisco has created a help video located here to help their WLC users. Like the majority of server systems you will install your SSL certificate on the same server where your Certificate Signing Request (CSR) was created. Your private key will always be left on the server system where the CSR was originally created. Your SSL certificate will not work without this private key file. […]

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How to Convert an SSL Server Certificate from Apache to PKCS12/PFX

Depending on your network you may have to move your SSL/TLS server certificate and its private key from one system to another. This article covers how to move your SSL certificate, its private key, and its intermediate CA from Apache to pfx also known as a pkcs#12 file. This will require a conversion using OpenSSL that is on the Apache System. Apache systems are very customizable. The directory location and naming of the individual files needed vary depending on your personalized system. Below are generalized instructions. We will start by assuming that you have already successfully installed the SSL certificate on the Apache web server. To move your certificate keypair from Apache to PFX perform the following: Step 1: Finding your […]

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Digital Server Certificate Overview

Quick overview of the importance of a Digital Server Certificate it affects and why. Lets start off by asking some questions and then answering them.. What is a Digital Server Certificate? What is its purpose of a server certificate. Why does my website need a Digital Server Certificate? What happens if you do not have a valid server certificate? Who needs a server certificate? Who hates server certificates? Thing to know! What is a Digital Server Certificate? “It’s All about trust!” A Digital Server Certificate is a bit of code on your web server that provides security for online communications validated by a governing third party Certificate Authority (CA). Also known as a SSL certificate or a TLS certificate. Purpose […]

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Clearing Confusion – TLS & SSL certificates are the same thing.

The term SSL certificate has been used for the purposes of marketing since the creation of the digital certificates.  SSL just like TLS are actually protocols that utilize a digital certificates keypair. A digital certificate keypair by itself  is  nothing more than a place holder of 2048 bits or greater and is needed in order to perform encryption and validation. A protocol is the actual function of encryption that initializes that keypair to start encryption, such as the TLS or SSL Protocols. These protocols are set up and chosen on the server side by a server admin. Since TLS  or SSL  are protocol functions on the server and not pertaining to the digital certificate’s keypair it is uncertain why the industry calls Digital Certificates as SSL Certificates […]

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