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Generating SSL Certificates to Be Used for Secure Web Access

To enable secure Web access, you must generate a digital SSL certificate and then enable HTTPS access on the switching platform.

To generate an SSL certificate:

  1. Enter the following openssl command in your Secure Shell command-line interface. The openssl command generates a self-signed SSL certificate in the privacy-enhanced mail (PEM) format. It writes the certificate and an unencrypted 1024-bit RSA private key to the specified file.

    % openssl req –x509 –nodes –newkey rsa:1024 –keyout filename.pem -out filename.pem

    Replace filename with the name of a file in which you want the SSL certificate to be written—for example, new.pem.

  2. When prompted, type the appropriate information in the identification form. For example, type US for the country name.
  3. Display the contents of the file new.pem.

    cat new.pem

    Note: When you are ready to install the SSL certificate, open this file and copy its contents so you can paste it into the Certificate box on the Secure Access Configuration page.

You can use either J-Web Configuration or a configuration editor to install the SSL certificate and enable HTTPS.

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