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Install an SSL Certificate on IBM WebSphere Advanced Single Server Edition 4.0

Before being able to enable SSL on WebSphere, you need to have your own certificate. This certificate can be a self-certificate for testing purpose but in any production case, you should have a certificate issued by a Trusted CA. The following steps describe how to get your own certificate and later how to configure WebSphere to use it.

Installing a certificate chain

Before you can add your certificate into the keystore, you must first include the certificates chain. You must install the following public certificates:

Intermediate Certificate Bundle

SSL Certificate issued by SSL.com

You can add the certificates chain from the Signer Certificates screen as shown below:

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Click on the Add button. A dialog box will appear where you have to enter the data, the Certificate file name (the certificate file you received) and its location. Once all of this information is entered click on OK.

Installing your site certificate

You can import it into your keystore. In the IBM Key Management console, select in the dropdown the option Personal Certificates as in the following screen:

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Then click on the button Receive. A dialog box will appear where you have to enter the data, the Certificate file name (the certificate file you received) and its location. Once all of this information is entered click on OK.

Enabling SSL

Once your keystore has been successfully configured with your certificate, you can now enable SSL in WebSphere Application Server.

In IBM WebSphere, SSL can be configured for each component. For more information on how to enable/configure it for each of them, please go to the IBM Web site at http://www-4.ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/support.html

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