Use the VMware Validated Design Certificate Generation Utility (CertGenVVD) to generate with a single operation certificates that are signed by the Microsoft certificate authority (MSCA) for all management components. In this way, you can skip sending Certificate Signing Requests to a third-party CA. The generated certificates are compliant with the requirements of the individual management components.

About this task

For information about the VMware Validated Design Certificate Generation Utility, see VMware Knowledge Base article 2146215 and the VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation.

Prerequisites

  • Provide a Window Server 2012 host that is part of the sfo01.rainpole.local domain.

  • Install an intermediate CA server on the sfo01.rainpole.local

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Windows host that has access to your data center.
  2. Download the CertGenVVD-version.zip file of the Certificate Generation Utility from VMware Knowledge Base article 2146215 on the Windows host where you connect to the data center and extract the ZIP file to the C: drive.
  3. In the C:\CertGenVVD-version folder, open the default.txt file in a text editor.
  4. Verify that following properties are configured.
    ORG=Rainpole Inc.
    OU=Rainpole.local
    LOC=SFO
    ST=CA
    CC=US
    CN=VMware_VVD
    keysize=2048
  5. Verify that only the C:\CertGenVVD-version\ConfigFiles folder contains only following files.
    Table 1. Certificate Generation Files for Consolidated SDDC

    SDDC Layer

    Host Name or Service in Consolidated SDDC

    Configuration Files

    Virtual Infrastructure

    Platform Services Controller

    sfo01w01psc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    sfo01w01psc01.txt

    vCenter Server

    sfo01w01vc01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    sfo01w01vc01.txt

    ESXi Hosts

    sfo01w01esx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    sfo01w01esx01.txt

    sfo01w01esx02.sfo01.rainpole.local

    sfo01w01esx02.txt

    sfo01w01esx03.sfo01.rainpole.local

    sfo01w01esx03.txt

    sfo01w01esx04.sfo01.rainpole.local

    sfo01w01esx04.txt

    NSX Manager

    sfo01w01nsx01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    sfo01w01nsx01.txt

    Business Continuity

    vSphere Data Protection

    sfo01w01vdp01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    sfo01m01vdp01.txt

    Cloud Management Platform

    vRealize Automation

    • vra01svr01.rainpole.local

    • vra01svr01a.rainpole.local

    • vra01iws01.rainpole.local

    • vra01iws01a.rainpole.local

    • vra01ims01.rainpole.local

    • vra01ims01a.rainpole.local

    vra-for-1-pod.txt

    vRealize Business Server

    vrb01svr01.rainpole.local

    vrb.txt

    Operations Management

    vRealize Operations Manager

    • vrops01svr01.rainpole.local

    • vrops01svr01a.rainpole.local

    vrops-for-1-pod.txt

    vRealize Log Insight

    • sfo01vrli01.sfo01.rainpole.local

    • sfo01vrli01a.sfo01.rainpole.local

    vrli-for-1-pod.txt

  6. Verify that each configuration file includes FQDNs and host names in the dedicated sections.

    For example, the configuration files for the Platform Service Controller instances must contain the following properties:

    sfo01w01psc01.txt

    [CERT] 
    NAME=default
    ORG=default 
    OU=default
    LOC=SFO
    ST=default
    CC=default
    CN=sfo01w01psc01.sfo01.rainpole.local
    keysize=default
    [SAN]
    sfo01w01psc01
    sfo01w01psc01.sfo01.rainpole.local
  7. Open a Windows PowerShell prompt and navigate to the CertGenVVD folder.
    cd C:\CertGenVVD-version
  8. Grant permissions to run third-party PowerShell scripts.
    Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
  9. Validate if you can run the utility using the configuration on the host and verify if VMware is included in the printed CA template policy.
    .\CertgenVVD-version.ps1 -validate
  10. Generate MSCA-signed certificates.
    .\CertGenVVD-version.ps1 -MSCASigned -attrib 'CertificateTemplate:VMware' -inter
  11. In the C:\CertGenVVD-version folder, verify that the utility created the SignedByMSCACerts sub-folder.

What to do next

Replace the product certificates with the certificates that the CertGenVVD utility has generated. See Replace the Certificates of the Management Products for Consolidated SDDC.