Part 3A - Creating the Microsoft CA Template for SSL certificates in vSphere 6.0


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Published on 24 March 2016 by Christopher Lewis. Words: 329. Reading Time: 2 mins.

This is Part 3A of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.x to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services.

The following assumes you have completed the steps within the series:

The high level steps below are taken from the VMware KB Article Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.0

Instructions

Open the Certificate Template Console by running certtmpl.msc

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From within the Certificate Template Console, locate the Web Server template, right click and select Duplicate Template.

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At the Properties of New Template window, select the Compatibility Tab and set the appropriate Compatibility Settings or leave as default.

Note: for anything better than SHA1, you will need to select a minimum of Windows Server 2008

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At the Properties of New Template window, select the General Tab and set the Template Display Name to VMware vSphere 6 and (if appropriate) update Validity period (default is 2 years).

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At the Properties of New Template window, select the **Extensions **Tab and select Application Policies and click Edit.

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At the Edit Application Policies Extension dialog, select Server Authentication, click Remove and then click OK.

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At the Properties of New Template window, select the Extensions Tab and select Key Usage and click Edit.

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At the Edit Key Usage Extension dialog, check the Signature is proof of origin (nonrepudiation) checkbox.

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Leave all other settings as default and Click OK

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At the Properties of New Template window, select the Subject Name Tab and confirm the Supply in the request option is selected and click OK.

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The newly created VMware vSphere 6 Certificate Template should appear in the list within the Certificate Template Console.

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Next Steps

Now we have created the CA Template for vSphere SSL Certificates, let us move on to part Part 3B - Creating the Microsoft CA Template for Subordinate CA certificates in vSphere 6.0


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