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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Troubleshooting: Ciphers, Protocols, or SSL with Qualys SSL Labs – SSL Checker

There are many SSL checkers out there which are used to check the validity and installation of a websites SSL Certificate. Majority of these checkers may vary on the information that they display or may have limitations, as they only perform their function as programmed. Aside from using an SSL Checker tool there is always the manual way of using your browser to check proper installations. If you would like to learn how to check using a browser SSLSupportDesk features such an article Troubleshooting: Checking SSL installation with a browser. Some SSL Checkers are extremely advanced and will not only check the validity of a SSL certificate, but can also point out flaws in a server’s configuration or software.  Qualys […]

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Citrix Netscaler VPX 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 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 […]

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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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