Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Release 8.0 -- Configuring SSL for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server

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To enable Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to provide secure web communications for the Application Server, you need to obtain and upload a digital identity certificate that the system binds with a private key and password. Self-signed certificates can be used for the Application Server.


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Interfaces Secured by SSL for the Application Server

Enabling SSL for the Application Server secures web communications with these interfaces:


Generating a Certificate Signing Request and Obtaining the Certificate

In this task, you create a certificate signing request (CSR) that you then send to an authorized certificate authority (CA) to apply for a digital identity certificate. The system also creates and stores a private key file and password specifically for that certificate. You can use self-signed certificates for the Application Server.


When you later upload the certificate file, the system binds the certificate file with the system-generated private key file and password to enable SSL.


Before You Begin
  • If you created your own certificate and private key, do not perform this task. Proceed to the Uploading the Certificate File and Enabling SSL.
  • SSL must be disabled to generate CSRs.
  • The CSR and resulting certificate use the Application Server hostname that you entered for Ethernet Port 1 (device eth0) during the operating system installation.
If you change this hostname, you must obtain new certificates.
For information about installing the Application Server, see Installing the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server Software.


Caution! If you already installed a valid SSL certificate, generating a new CSR will make the existing certificate invalid. Proceed only if you are installing the certificate for the first time, if you are replacing an expired or invalid certificate, or if you change the hostname of your Application Server.


Procedure
  1. Sign in to the Administration Center.
  2. Select Certificate Management > Generate CSRs.
  3. Enter values in the fields on the Generate Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Page.
    Note: Some CAs do not recognize two-letter state abbreviations, so enter the full name of the state. Also, if you want to use any special (non-alphanumeric) characters, ask your CA for character restrictions.
  4. Select Generate CSR only once.
  5. Select OK.
  6. Select Download CSR.
    Caution! After you select Download CSR, do not modify any fields on this page, and do not select Generate CSR again. Doing so will result in an invalid certificate from the CA.
  7. Select Save.
  8. In the Save As dialog box, perform these actions:
    1. Delete any browser-added text (typically [1] and .txt) from the filename, to make the filename appear in this format: fully-qualified-domain-name_req.csr
      Example: meetings.example.com_req.csr
    2. In the Save as type field, select All Files.
    3. Choose the appropriate directory.
    4. Select Save.
  9. Send this file to the CA in return for a certificate file.
    Make sure that you request a file in one of the following formats:
    • Private keys: PKCS #1, PKCS #8 (PEM or DER encoding), Java keystore
    • Certificates: X.509 (PEM or DER encoding), Java keystore
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What To Do Next

Uploading the Certificate File and Enabling SSL

Before You Begin
  • Obtain the certificate by one of these methods:
  • The Application Server supports only the following formats:
    • Private keys: PKCS #1, PKCS #8 (PEM or DER encoding), Java keystore
    • Certificates: X.509 (PEM or DER encoding), Java keystore
If your certificate or private key is in an unsupported format, then see Certificate or Private Key is in the Wrong Format in the Troubleshooting SSL for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Application Server module.
  • If your CA issued a certificate that requires the installation of an intermediate CA certificate:
  1. Obtain the intermediate CA certificate(s) by contacting your CA.
  2. Using a text editor, paste the text of the intermediate CA certificate to the end of the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace certificate file.
  3. In the procedure below, make sure that you upload the combined certificate file that includes both the root and intermediate CA certificates.



Procedure
  1. Sign in to the Administration Center.
  2. Select Certificate Management > Enable SSL.
  3. Enter values in the fields.
    Note: If you obtained the certificate from a CA by using the Generate Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Page, then only enter the Certificate file.
  4. Select Upload Certificate.
Verifying

If this is the first certificate upload for the system, proceed to the Displaying the Certificate.


Otherwise, view the information capture log. See Obtaining and Viewing the System Information Capture (Infocap) Log in the Using Alarms and Logs on Cisco Unified MeetingPlace module.


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What to Do Next

Displaying the Certificate

Procedure
  1. Sign in to the Administration Center.
  2. Select Certificate Management > Display Certificate.
  3. Select Display Certificate.


Backing Up the SSL Configuration

Use this procedure to back up your SSL configuration, including the certificate.


If you ever reinstall the operating system, the SSL files will be deleted. The SSL files might also be lost (but are often preserved) when you reinstall or upgrade the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace application.


Before You Begin

Complete the Uploading the Certificate File and Enabling SSL.


Procedure
  1. Sign in to the Administration Center.
  2. Select Certificate Management > Back Up SSL Configuration.
  3. Select Back Up SSL Configuration.
  4. Select Save.


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What to Do Next

To configure SSL for the Web Server, see the Configuring Security Features for the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace Web Server module.


Restoring the SSL Configuration

Before You Begin

Complete the Backing Up the SSL Configuration.


Procedure
  1. Sign in to the Administration Center.
  2. Select Certificate Management > Restore SSL Configuration.
  3. Browse to the file.
    By default, the filename is backupSSLData.zip.
  4. Select Restore SSL Configuration.


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Disabling SSL

Before You Begin

You cannot disable SSL for only one Application Server interface. Completing this task disables SSL for all interfaces listed in the Interfaces Secured by SSL for the Application Server.


Procedure
  1. Sign in to the Administration Center.
  2. Select Certificate Management > Disable SSL.
  3. Select Disable SSL.
  4. Select OK.


What To Do Next

If you use MeetingPlace Conference Manager, you will need to edit the server URL to use "http" instead of "https." See Editing an Existing Server in the Using MeetingPlace Conference Manager module.

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