Use the generate-certs command of the cell management tool to generate self-signed SSL certificates for the HTTPS and Console Proxy endpoints.
Each VMware Cloud Director server group must support two SSL endpoints: one for the HTTPS service and another for the console proxy service. The HTTPS service endpoint supports the VMware Cloud Director Service Provider Admin Portal, the VMware Cloud Director Tenant Portal, and the VMware Cloud Director API. The remote console proxy endpoint supports VMRC connections to vApps and VMs.
The generate-certs command of the cell management tool automates the Create Self-Signed SSL Certificates for VMware Cloud Director on Linux procedure.
cell-management-tool generate-certs options
|--help (-h)||None||Provides a summary of available commands in this category.|
|--expiration (-x)||days-until-expiration||Number of days until the certificates expire. Defaults to 365|
|--issuer (-i)||name=value [, name=value, ...]||X.509 distinguished name of the certificate issuer. Defaults to
|--key-size (-s)||key-size||Size of key pair expressed as an integer number of bits. Defaults to 2048. Key sizes smaller than 1024 are no longer supported per NIST Special Publication 800-131A.|
|--key-password||key-password||Password for the generated private key.|
|--cert||cert||Path to the generated certificate file.|
|--key||key||Path to the generated private key file.|
Creating Self-Signed Certificates
Both of these examples assume a certificate file at /tmp/cell.pem and a corresponding private key file at /tmp/cell.key that has the password
kpw. These files are created if they do not exist already.
CN=Unknown. The certificate uses the default 2048-bit key length and expires one year after creation.
[root@cell1 /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin]# ./cell-management-tool generate-certs --cert /tmp/cell.pem --key /tmp/cell.key --key-password kpw New certificate created and written to /tmp/cell.pem New private key created and written to /tmp/cell.key
CN=Test, L=London, C=GB. The new certificate for the HTTPS connection has a 4096-bit key and expires 90 days after creation.
[root@cell1 /opt/vmware/vcloud-director/bin]# ./cell-management-tool generate-certs --cert /tmp/cell.pem --key /tmp/cell.key --key-password kpw -i "CN=Test, L=London, C=GB" -s 4096 -x 90 New certificate created and written to /tmp/cell.pem New private key created and written to /tmp/cell.key
vcloud.vcloud. The VMware Cloud Director installer creates this user and group.