Everything PKI Oct. 14, 2019, 5:10 p.m.

PKI is really powerful, and really interesting. The math is complicated, and the standards are stupidly baroque, but the core concepts are actually quite simple. Certificates are the best way to identify code and devices, and identity is super useful for security, monitoring, metrics, and a million other things. Using certificates is not that hard. No harder than learning a new language or database. It’s just slightly annoying and poorly documented. This is the missing manual.

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OpenSSL Quick Reference Guide Sept. 18, 2019, 3:07 p.m.

OpenSSL is an open-source command line tool that is commonly used to generate private keys, create CSRs, install your SSL/TLS certificate, and identify certificate information. We designed this quick reference guide to help you understand the most common OpenSSL commands and how to use them.

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Active Directory - How to Enable LDAPS Using Self-Signed Certificates Sept. 18, 2019, 3 p.m.

To enable LDAP over SSL (LDAPS) all you need to do is "install" an SSL certificate on the Active Directory server. Most enterprises will opt to purchase an SSL certificate from a 3rd Party like Verisign. In my case, I created my own certificate using OpenSSL. Here are the steps I used to secure my Active Directory server using a self signed certificate.

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Building an Enterprise Root Certification Authority in Small and Medium Businesses Sept. 18, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

This step-by-step guide will help you set up a public key certification authority (CA) in a network with servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

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