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  • 1.  Applying Windows AD CA SSL Certificates

    Posted Feb 20, 2018 09:37 AM



    After reviewing the CA documentation, it is still unclear to me how to properly apply SSL certificates signed by a Windows AD CA.


    I have two virtual appliances using application cluster (virtual IP/FQHN)

  • 2.  Re: Applying Windows AD CA SSL Certificates
    Best Answer

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Feb 20, 2018 01:51 PM

    Generate a CSR on the first appliance. Include the FQDN of the cluster as accessed by users in the common name. This will be either the FQDN of the cluster VIP, or the FQDN of an external load balancer if you're using one.

    Put this SAME FQDN in the subject alternative names field. You can also put the FQDN of the internal VIP here (if external LB used) and the FQDNs of the individual nodes - each on new lines. Make sure NO carriage return after last entry.

    Make sure that the "filename" is something sensible to allow easy identification of the cert, as it will be used in the PAM UI (E.g. choose something like "PAM_Cert_2018-02-20" - as you will be renewing it at some stage).


    Send CSR to AD PKI Admin and get cert back (ask for base64 encoded cert).

    Rename the cert to have the SAME filename as the request, and with the .crt extension (not .cer - make sure no hidden extensions) - e.g. "PAM_Cert_2018-02-20.crt". Then upload the cert. As it has the same filename as the private key, PAM will match it.


    Then download the private key. Enter a passphrase WITHOUT special characters.

    Open both cert and private key in notepad++.

    In a new text file, combine the base64 cert and private key into a single file (cert first, then private key).

    Save this new file with the same file name as the cert and private key, but WITHOUT any extension - e.g. "PAM_Cert_2018-02-20"


    On the second node, upload the new file as "certificate and private key"


    On each node, set the new cert to be the operational cert and restart.

  • 3.  Re: Applying Windows AD CA SSL Certificates

    Posted May 08, 2018 07:16 AM

    Any reason why the passphrase should be WITHOUT special characters?

    Does it mean we have supported characters for passphrase?

    From testing, I am unable to download keys when using "&" as passphrase while I can when using "!".