How to Obtain a Server SSL Certificate from Verisign
Verisign is a leading vendor of digital certificates, which are used to secure Web servers that are used by companies to sell products/services online or support an intranet or extranet. Digital certificates provide proof of identity, activate encyrptoin, and ensure peace of mind through a protection plan. For server certificates, Verisign issues a unique Secure Server ID that a company can use to assure their visitors that the company is who it says it is.
SSL certificates can be obtained from several vendors for use with a secure extranet. Many vendors, including VerSign, have the ability to generate a test certificate, which can be used during the evaluation process of an extranet solution.
The following is a typical step-by-step process to create a certified server certificate from VeriSign:
- 1.Generate a Key Pair using the extranet's built-in wizard, if there is one.
- 2.Go to VeriSign's homepage at www.verisign.com.
- 3.Go to the Server IDs page at digitalid.verisign.com/server/index.html.
- 4.Choose the desired extranet vendor.
- 5.Submit a certificate request.
- 6.Enter the portion "Begin Certificate .... End Certificate" into the online certificate request form. (This is taken from the Certificate Request file generated in step one.)
- 7.Wait for a response from VeriSign. (Note: You will get a PIN number from them immediately, which can be used to check the status of the certificate processing.)
- 8.Once the response is received, restart the extranet's key generation process.
- 9.The Certificate Authority will send an e-mail message from which you should copy the portion that reads: "Begin Certificate"
- 10.Continue to follow the directions as specified by the particular extranet solution you are using.
- 11.Verisign will send a trusted roots file that shows Verisign as the CA.
Reprinted with permission from The Aventail Corporation