Requesting a Certificate Authority-signed certificate

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Requesting a Certificate Authority-signed certificate

A Certificate Authority (CA)-signed certificate provides more security than a self-signed certificate and is appropriate for HTTPS and SMTP/TLS communication. Before you proceed, determine the CA from which you want to purchase your certificate. Some possible CAs to use are listed on the Certificate Authority tab in the Control Center. However, other CAs are also supported.

For the common name, use the domain name or the fully qualified domain name of the computer where the certificate will be installed. Some CAs may not support certificates that are created using an IP address instead of a domain name for the common name. Check with your CAs.

See Viewing existing CA certificates.

See About certificates.

Each CA has its own set of procedures to request certificates and issue certificates. Consult your CA for details and follow the instructions that are appropriate for your installation.

See Adding a CA certificate.

To request a Certificate Authority-signed HTTPS or TLS certificate

  1. In the Control Center, click Administration > Settings > Certificates.

  2. Click the TLS & HTTPS Certificates tab.

  3. Click Add.

  4. In the Certificate name box, type a name for this certificate.

  5. In the Certificate type drop-down list, click Certification Authority Signed.

  6. Fill in the information on the remainder of the page as appropriate.

  7. Click Create.

  8. Copy the block of text that appears, paste it into a text file, and save it.

    Save the generated text as a text file. You can copy and paste the information from the text file into a CA request form at a later time.

  9. Submit the Certificate Authority-Signed Request (CSR) to a CA, using the method that the CA requires.