Troubleshooting: Host headers in Microsoft Server 2008 IIS 7.0 & 7.5

Depending on your environment you may have the following Issues: Website A is coming up as website B. Unable to assign a certificate due to another website using the same IP or Port. Host Name when binding the certificate is grayed out. Using Host Headers requires that the following conditions are met: You must be […]

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Troubleshooting: “Cannot find the certificate request that is associated with this certificate file.”

In Windows IIS, and Exchange systems you may receive the following error message when attempting the installation of a digital certificate. “The pending certificate request for this response file was not found. This request may be canceled. You cannot install selected response certificate using this Wizard.” Or “Cannot Find the certificate request that is associated with […]

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Troubleshooting: Error: “The certificate is invalid for Exchange Server usage”

In Windows Exchange systems you may receive the following error message after the installation of a digital certificate. “The certificate is invalid for exchange server usage” This warning message occurs due to the following: The SSL certificate cannot be verified to a trusted certificate authority. The SSL certificate that was installed is missing its intermediate CA certificate […]

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Troubleshooting: Assigning a friendly name to an SSL Certificate in Windows

Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is the management console that is used to configure, manipulate, create, and fix services on a windows system in the back end that you probably wont be able to do with any front end application. It is used heavily to troubleshoot matters related to SSL certificates on Windows systems. If you need to assign […]

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Troubleshooting: Checking SSL installation with a browser

After you have installed your SSL certificate you may want to check installation. There ware two ways to go about checking its installation. By using a browser. This article will show case Google Chrome. By SSL Checker. See our article Troubleshooting: SSL with Qualys SSL Labs – SSL Checker to learn more. Lets get started.. Using Chrome: […]

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Java Keytool Commands

Keytool is a tool used by Java systems to configure and manipulate Keystores. The following are a list of  commands that allow you to generate a new Java  keystore file, create a CSR, import certificates, convert, and check keystores. The Italic parts in the conversions below are examples of you own files, or your own unique […]

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OpenSSL Commands

OpenSSL is used for many things other than running encryption on a website. It is also used for the generation of CSR keypairs, and more importantly within this article converting. The Italic parts in the conversions below are examples of you own files, or your own unique naming conventions adapt these Italic name examples to your […]

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Troubleshooting: SSL with Qualys SSL Labs – SSL Checker

There are many SSL checkers out there which are used to check the validity and installation of a websites SSL Certificate. Majority of these checkers may vary on the information that they display or may have limitations, as they only perform their function as programmed. Aside from using an SSL Checker tool there is always […]

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Portecle: Advanced Keystore Creation and Manipulation Tool

Portecle is a user friendly GUI application for creating, managing and examining keystores, keys, certificates, certificate requests, certificate revocation lists and more. The scenario for using such a tool is if a server system lacks the capability of generating a CSR keypair on its own. Another Senario would be if large networks of multiple server […]

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