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Replacing the default SSL certificates for VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 (2013352)

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This article provides steps to replace the default SSL certificates for VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0.

For information on VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.1, see Configuring certificates signed by a Certificate Authority (CA) for vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 (2036744).

For more information about generating custom or default SSL certificates, see Generating custom or default SSL certificates (1029944).


To replace the default SSL certificates for vCenter Server Appliance 5.0:

  1. Log into the vCenter Server Appliance via SSH or through the console.

  2. After receiving the requested certificates from your signing authority, copy the new private key (for example, rui.key) and certificate (for example, rui.crt) to a directory on the file system such as /root using a utility such as WinSCP or Filezilla.

    Note: VMware does not endorse or recommend any particular third-party utility, nor is the list above meant to be exhaustive.

  3. Stop the vCenter Server process by running the command:

    service vmware-vpxd stop

  4. Replace the certificates by running the command:

    vpxd_servicecfg certificate change /root/rui.crt /root/rui.key

  5. Restart the vCenter Server Appliance by running the command:

    service vmware-vpxd start

Additional Information

See Also

Update History

06/27/2012 - Added stopping the service and moved the rehash prior to starting the service. 02/04/2013 - Added link to KB article 2036744.

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