Certificate for vCenter Appliance 7

Hello Everyone,

I just installed vSphere 7 (ESX Server & vCenter Server Appliance). Now, I would like to get SSL certificate for vCenter. Has anybody here obtained cert for vCenter 7? Appreciate your help.



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My domain is: ramlan.ca

I ran this command: not yet

It produced this output: not yet

My web server is (include version):

The operating system my web server runs on is (include version): VMWare Photon

My hosting provider, if applicable, is: GoDaddy

I can login to a root shell on my machine (yes or no, or I don’t know): Yes

I’m using a control panel to manage my site (no, or provide the name and version of the control panel):

The version of my client is (e.g. output of certbot --version or certbot-auto --version if you’re using Certbot):

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Zero experience, but Google showed me this guide: https://jjasghar.github.io/blog/2017/11/14/vcenter-vcsa-and-using-lets-encrypt/

Does that look like something that would work?

Note: looks like this is a very manual process (i.e., totally not automated) and would have to be repeated every 60-90 days (Let’s Encrypt certificates are valid for 90 days only).

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Thanks Osiris - I did check the URL before posting the message. It is manual and it is bit complicated as well. I will keep looking for a solution.

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Here is also some good information on your topic that might help a bit.

"Allowing SSH access to ESXi/ESX hosts with public/private key authentication"

"Replacing ESXi SSL Certificates and Keys"

"Replace the Default Certificate and Key from the ESXi Shell"

"vCenter Appliance Certificate"

Hope this helps

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Thanks Rip. I did exactly the same by following VMWare doc. It works.

After that, I deployed Trusted Root Certificate through SCCM to all workstations that need to run vCenter Appliance URL through I E and Edge.


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