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SSL Certificate Signing Request (CSR) creation in WebSphere Application Server (WAS)

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SSL Certificate Signing Request (CSR) creation in WebSphere Application Server (WAS) 

Tue September 28, 2021 06:26 PM

Creation of Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in WAS, which can then be sent to a Certifying Authority (CA) to obtain a signed certificate

Overview

Skill Level: Intermediate

Exercise caution when working on the WebSphere Admin Console

Step-by-step instructions to create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in WebSphere Application Server (WAS). The screenshots included are from WAS 9.0.

Ingredients

WebSphere Application Server (the screenshots are from WAS v9.0)

Step-by-step

  1. Login into WAS Admin Console

    Login into WAS Admin Console: https://<WAS_ADMIN_HOST>:<WAS_ADMIN_PORT>/ibm/console

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  2. Navigate to certificate configuration section

    Go to Security (Left Nav) -> SSL certificate and key management and click on Key stores and certificates link

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  3. Select the KeyStore

    Click on NodeDefaultKeyStore

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  4. Navigate to certificate request section

    Under Additional Properties, click on Personal certificate requests

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  5. Start with new certificate request creation

    Click on New

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  6. Enter the certificate request details

    Provide all the necessary details and click on Apply.

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  7. Confirm the entered details

    The CSR details can be seen as below. Click on Save.

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  8. CSR creation successful

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  9. Get the CSR file

    The CSR file can be obtained from the WAS machine from the highlighted location, File for certificate request.

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  10. Send to CA

    This CSR file can be sent to any of the Certifying Authority (CA) to receive a signed certificate.

    Based on this CSR, CA will provide a signed certificate. To receive this certificate in WAS, please refer to my recipe SSL Certificate Receipt in WAS

     


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