3.2 Creating an Organizational Certificate Authority Object

By default, the Novell Certificate Server installation process creates the Organizational Certificate Authority (CA) for you. You are prompted to specify an Organizational CA name. When you click Finish, the Organizational CA is created with the default parameters and placed in the Security container.

If you want more control over the creation of the Organizational CA, you can create the Organizational CA manually using Novell iManager or ConsoleOne®. Also, if you delete the Organizational CA, you will need to re[nbhyph]create it.

During the creation process, you are prompted to name the Organizational Certificate Authority object and to choose a server to host the the Organizational CA service ( the server the Organizational CA service will run on). In determining which server will host the Organizational CA service, consider the following:

To create the Organizational Certificate Authority object:

  1. Launch Novell iManager.

  2. Log in to the eDirectory tree as an administrator with the appropriate rights.

    To view the appropriate rights for this task, see Section 7.0, Entry Rights Needed to Perform Tasks.

  3. From the Roles and Tasks menu, click Novell Certificate Server > Configure Certificate Authority.

    If no Organizational Certificate Authority object exists, this opens the Create an Organizational Certificate Authority Object dialog box and the corresponding wizard that creates the object. Follow the prompts to create the object. For specific information on the dialog box or any of the wizard pages, click Help.

  4. After you have finished creating the Certificate Authority, we recommend that you make a backup of the CA’s public/private key pair and store this in a safe and secure place. See Backing Up an Organizational CA.

NOTE:  You can have only one Organizational CA for your eDirectory tree.