Like the majority of server systems you will install your SSL certificate on the same server where your Certificate Signing Request (CSR) was created. Your private key will always be left on the server system where the CSR was originally created. Your SSL certificate will not work without this private key file. We will assume that this is the original system.

To install your SSL certificate on Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager (CPPM) perform the steps below:

Step 1: Downloading your SSL certificate & its Intermediate/Root CA certificate:

  1. If you had the option of server type during enrollment and selected Other you will receive a x509/.cer/.crt/.pem version of your certificate within the email. Alternately you can access your Certificate User Portal by the supplied link in the email to pick up the x509 version of your certificate.
  2. Copy the SSL certificate and make sure to copy the —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—– and —–END CERTIFICATE—– header and footer Ensure there are no white spaces, extra line breaks or additional characters.
  3. Use a plain text editor such as Notepad, paste the content of the certificate 
  4. For ClearPass you will need both Intermediate CA and Root Certificate for installation, and they are required to be all installed together under one file.
    • If the Intermediate CA certificate for your product is not in the body of the email you can access your Intermediate CA also in a link within that email. You may have to contact your Certificate provider in order to attain your SSL certificates Root CA Certificate.
    • If you purchased your SSL certificate from Symantec, thawte, Geotrust, or RapidSSL, you can find your Root and Intermediate CA’s for you product here
      Copy and paste the contents of your Intermediate CA into the same Notepad file as your SSL certificate.
      The result should look something like this:
      —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–
      (Your Primary SSL certificate)
      —–END CERTIFICATE—–
      —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–
      (Your Intermediate CA certificate)
      —–END CERTIFICATE—–
      —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—–
      (Your Root CA certificate)
      —–END CERTIFICATE—–
  5. Saved the combined Notepad file with both SSL certificate and Intermediate CA certificate. Specify this file with any name as you wish with a .pem extension. Example: SSLinterRoot.pem

Step 2: Installing your SSL Certificate ad private key:

  1. Open your Aruba ClearPass CPPM.
  2. Navigate to Administration > Certificate > Server Certificate.
  3. Click Import Server Certificate.
    ClearPass SSL Installation
  4. In the Import Server Certificate pop-up screen specify the following:
    • Certificate File: Click Choose File and specify the location and path of your SSL/Intermediate/Root .pem file.
    • Private Key File: Click Choose File and specify the location and path of your CertPrivaKey.pkey file you created during CSR creation.
    • Private Key Password: Enter the password you used when you created your private key during CSR creation.
  5. Click Import.
    ClearPass SSL Installation
  6. If you receive no error messages then you should see your SSL certificate, its Intermediate CA, and their Root CA certificate.

Your SSL Certificate is now installed on your Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager.

If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, Acmetek recommends that you contact either the vendor of your software or the organization that supports it.

Aruba ClearPass Support:
For more information refer to Aruba ClearPass.


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