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vCenter vSphere Web Client SSL Certificate Warning Error

Posted on 2014-04-16
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Hi,

When signing on to vSphere Web Client, I get the big warning message indicating that the SSL Certificate is not trusted.  I can click "Trust or Proceed" to then be able to log into the vSphere Web Client.  I have a self signed certificate that I would like to import into vCenter so that I dont get that warning message anymore.  The vCenter Server is 5.1 Update 1c installed on a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM.

I've tried doing some research but havent found the correct way to do this.

Thanks
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You will need a CA signed Certificate. After you replace the certificate the warning will go away.
This will not only make the warning go away, it will also make the communication secure.
Refer this below steps to replace the default certificates
http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vsp_51_vcserver_esxi_certificates.pdf
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Hi,

I already have the CA signed Certificate.  I guess I just need to import it or replace the default certificate that's in there.  When reviewing the document located here:

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2041600

Am I replacing all Certificates with the new one I have or am I mainly concerned with the vSphere Web Client option.

Thanks
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This is what Documentation says
You must pre-trust all certificates that are signed by your own local root CA, unless you pre-trust the parent
certificate, the root CA’s own certificate. You must also pre-trust any valid default certificates that you will
continue to use on vCenter Server.

All the certificates have to  be replaces and trusted by each component.
They are all dependant on each other.
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