|Domainplus domain management system FAQ|
Plesk enables you to upload a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificate, generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR), and/or generate a Self-signed Certificate. Each certificate represents a set of rules used when exchanging encrypted information between two computers. Certificates ensure secure communications; this is especially important when handling e-commerce transactions and other private transmittals. Only authorized users can access and read an encrypted data stream. If your client intends to implement SSL support for a virtual host domain, you can grant permission for SSL capabilities to the domain. Or, your client can implement the SSL certificate by self-administering his/her domain.
When you add a certificate, it is not installed automatically onto the domain or assigned to an IP address, but only added to the Certificate repository.
You can assign a certificate to an IP address at the Client’s IP pool, at the IP aliasing management page, and during hosting creation on an exclusively granted IP.
To access the Control Panel certificates repository page, click on the Certificates button at the Server administration page. The certificates repository page will open displaying the list of available certificates.
The four icons, preceding the certificate name in the list, indicate the present parts of a certificate. The icon displayed in the R column indicates that the Certificate Signing request part is present in the certificate, the icon in the K column indicates that the private key is contained within the certificate, the icon in the C column indicates that the SSL certificate text part is present and the icon in the A column indicates that CA certificate part is present.
After you have received your signed SSL certificate from the certificate authority you can upload it from the Certificate repository page. First make sure that the certificate file has been saved on your local machine or network. Use the Browse button to locate the certificate. Click Send File. The existing certificate with appropriate private key will be found and the certificate part will be added to the repository.
You can sort this list by certificate name clicking on the Certificate name column title, or by clicking on the R, K, C, A column titles to sort the list by CSR, Private Key, Certificate or CA certificate parts presence respectively.
You have an option of searching for a certificate by a certain pattern. It may help you in case you have a great number of certificates stored in the repository and you need to work with a particular one. To search through the list, type the pattern string into the text input field and click Search. If there were any items found matching the entered pattern string, they will all be displayed in the form of a reduced list. The button Show All will revert to displaying the whole list.
To change a certificate name follow these steps:
After you have purchased your certificates through the control panel you can utilize the View Certs option to view the information about your SSL certificate(s).
To download the certificate to the local machine, click on the diskette icon, corresponding to the required certificate. Select the location when prompted, specify the file name and click Save to save it.
To delete one or more certificates from the repository, at the certificate repository page, check the checkboxes in the Sel column and click Remove Selected button.
To download the currently installed Control Panel certificate to the local machine, click on the Download button. Select the location when prompted, specify the file name and click Save to save it.
To add a certificate to repository, click on the Add button at the Control panel certificate repository page. The SSL certificate creation page will open. On this page you can generate a self-signed certificate, certificate-signing request, purchase a SSL certificate, and add the certificate parts to an existing certificate.
To generate a self-signed certificate follow these steps:
To generate a certificate signing request (CSR) follow these steps:
To purchase a new certificate follow these steps:
When using Plesk to purchase your SSL certificate you will receive the certificate file via e-mail from the certificate signing authority. Follow the instructions in the "Uploading a certificate file with finding the appropriate private key" section to upload the certificate to the repository.
If you have already obtained a certificate containing private key and certificate part (and may be CA certificate), follow these steps to upload it:
You can upload an existing certificate in two ways:
For the certificates purchased through certificate signing authorities other than Verisign or Thawte you will receive what is typically called a CA Certificate, or rootchain certificate. The CA Certificate is used to appropriately identify and authenticate the certificate authority, which has issued your SSL certificate. To upload your CA Certificate, follow these steps:
You can upload an existing certificate in two ways:
A situation may occur in some cases, that you have a certificate in the repository, which has only the private key part and the other parts are missing due to some reasons. To generate a new Certificate Signing Request using the existing private key, follow these steps:
After you have uploaded a CA certificate part (rootchain certificate), you are able to remove it. To do so, follow these steps:
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