In this design, you replace user-facing certificates with certificates signed by a Microsoft Certificate Authority (CA). If the CA-signed certificates of the management components expire after you deploy the SDDC, you must replace them individually on each affected component.

By default, virtual infrastructure management components use TLS/SSL certificates that are signed by the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA).

Infrastructure administrators connect to different SDDC components, such as vCenter Server systems or a Platform Services Controller, from a Web browser to perform configuration, management, and troubleshooting. The authenticity of the network node to which the administrator connects must be confirmed with a valid TLS/SSL certificate.

You can use other certificate authorities according to the requirements of your organization. You do not replace certificates for machine-to-machine communication. If necessary, you can manually mark these certificates as trusted.