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Overview of Certificates

To use the SSL capabilities of MCS, you must include a server site certificate issued by a certificate authority (CA). If you don't already have a server site certificate, you must obtain and install one, as described in the procedure for obtaining and installing a server site certificate.

While waiting for the server site certificate from the CA, you can use the self-signed, demonstration site certificate included with MCS.

The Server Demonstration Certificate

The demonstration certificate allows you to test SSL connections. However, the demonstration certificate has an abbreviated validation period, and should not be used in a production environment.

By default, MCS is installed and configured to use the demonstration certificate; no further action is required until you're ready to install the permanent site certificate issued by the CA.

Client Certificates

For client certificate authentication, you must obtain and install a personal certificate on each client computer that will access MCS or a Telnet server (host). All software downloaded from MCS uses the personal certificate stored by the Web browser on the client computer.

For instructions, see the procedure for obtaining and installing a personal certificate.

The following table describes the SSL certificate requirements to configure security for Management & Control Services (MCS) and client applications.

Validating the identity of Requires this certificate
MCS A server site certificate issued by a known certificate authority (CA).
Client applications A personal certificate, for all client computers that access MCS or the myAccess Links page.
Related Topics
Bullet Overview of Security Services
Bullet Obtaining and Installing Certificates
Bullet Configuring a Client SSL Connection