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How to install self-signed certificates?

Self-signed(Internal CA) SSL certificates for ADSelfService Plus can be applied in five steps. They are:

Step 1: Enable SSL in ADSelfService Plus

  • Log in to ADSelfService Plus with admin credentials.
  • Navigate to Admin tab → Product Settings → Connection.[Refer image]
  • Select Enable SSL Port [HTTPS] checkbox.
  • Click Save and restart ADSelfService Plus.
  • Note: The default port for https connection in our application is 9251.

Step 2: Generate a CSR file

  • Start ADSelfService Plus and login as admin.
  • Again, navigate to Admin → Product Settings → Connection.
  • Click SSL Certification Tool button.
  • In the SSL Tool & Guide page that opens up, enter all the mandatory fields. [Refer image]
  • Provide a value for the validity of the certificates in days(optional).
  • Update the value for Public Key Length as 2048 bits(recommended).
  • Click Generate CSR.
  • Two files namely SelfService.csr and SelfService.keystore will be created.
  • Note: The two files will be created at different locations.
    • SelfService.csr at <installation directory>webapps\adssp \Certficates\SelfService.csr
    • SelfService.keystore at <installation directory>jre\bin

Step 3: Submit the CSR to your certificate authority

  • Log in to Microsoft Certificate Services (https:\\server-name\certsrv).
  • Click Request a Certificate → Advanced Certificate Request.[Refer image]
  • Click Submit a certificate request by using a base-64-encoded CMC or PKCS #10 file, or submit a renewal request by using a base-64-encoded PKCS #7 file.
  • Paste the contents of your SelfService.csr file in the Saved Request field.[Refer image]
  • It's always recommended to open the CSR file from its native location using a text editor rather than opening from the browser.
  • When you copy the contents of SelfService.csr file, please ensure that no additional space from the end of the file is also copied along with it.
  • Set the certificate template as Web Server and click Submit.
  • In the Certificate Issued page that appears, select DER encoded. [Refer image]
    • Click Download certificate to download the certificate in CER file format.
    • Click Download certificate chain to download the certificates in a P7B file format,
  • Place the certificate files at <Install Directory>\jre\bin.
  • Note: Convert your certificate from CER to P7B format. Follow the steps given here.

Step 4: Import the CA signed Internal certificates to the keystore

  • Open an elevated command prompt and navigate to <Install Directory>\jre\bin.
  • Back up the SelfService.keystore file.
  • Execute the following command to import the internal certificate to keystore file :
    • Keytool -import -alias tomcat -trustcacerts -file certnew.p7b -keystore selfservice.keystore
  • Execute the following command to add your internal CA's root file to the list of trusted CAs in the Java cacerts file:
    • keytool -import -alias tomcat -keystore ..\lib\security\cacerts -file certnew.cer
  • Note: Use "changeit" as the password when you install the Chain Certificate.

Step 5: Bind the certificate with ADSelfService Plus

  • Copy the SelfService.Keystore file to <Install Directory>\conf.
  • Back up the server.xml and web.xml files.
  • Edit the server.xml file (at <Install Directory>\conf) by replacing the values of the following SSL connector tags :
    • "keystoreFile" with "./conf/SelfService.keystore".
    • "keystorePass" with the password you entered while generating CSR.
    • Eg: <Connector SSLEnabled="true" acceptcount="100" clientauth="false" connectiontimeout="20000" debug="0" disableuploadtimeout="true" enablelookups="false" keystorefile="./conf/selfservice.keystore" keystorepass="keystore_password" maxsparethreads="75" maxthreads="150" minsparethreads="25" name="SSL" port="9251" scheme="https" secure="true" sslprotocol="TLS" sslprotocols="TLSv1,TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2"> <connector>
  • Restart ADSelfService Plus and check if the certificates are installed correctly.


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