Creating a server key ring file
Before you request a certificate from a CA, you must create a key ring file to store the certificates. A key ring file is a binary file that is password-protected and stored on the server's hard drive. When you create a server key ring file (.KYR), Domino generates an unsigned server certificate and automatically includes several trusted root certificates. The unsigned server certificate is not valid until it is signed by a certifier. Domino also creates a stash file (.STH) using the same name as the key ring file, but with the file extension .STH. Domino uses the stash file to store the key ring file password for unattended access to the server key ring file.

Every server certificate includes a distinguished name used for SSL connections. You set up this distinguished name when you create the server key ring file. Some components of a distinguished name are optional; however, the more components you include, the less likely you are to encounter an identical name elsewhere on the Internet.

Note If you are requesting a server certificate from a server-based certification authority, you can use the Notes client to create the server key ring and request a server certificate in the Certificate Requests database.

For more information, see the topic Requesting an SSL server certificate.

To create a server key ring file

1. Set up the Server Certificate Admin application.

2. From the Notes client, open the Server Certificate Admin application on the server for which you want to enable SSL.

3. Click "Create Key Ring."

4. Complete these fields:
Key Ring File NameEnter the key ring file name. The default is KEYFILE.KYR. It's helpful to use the extension .KYR to keep key ring file names consistent.

Note the server's key ring file name appears in any Internet Site documents that you have configured, or, if Internet Site documents are not being used, on the Ports - Internet Ports tab of the Server document. If you specified a name other than the default, you need to edit the name where it appears - in the Internet Site documents or in the Server document.

Key Ring PasswordEnter the password for the key ring.
Key SizeSpecify the key size Domino uses when creating the public and private key pairs. The larger the size, the stronger the encryption.
Common nameEnter the server's TCP/IP fully-qualified domain name -- for example,

Set up the server certificate so that the common name matches the host name since some browsers check for this match before allowing a connection.

OrganizationEnter the name of the organization -- for example, a company name, such as Acme.
Organizational Unit(Optional) Enter the name of certifier division or department.
City or Locality(Optional) Enter the organization city or locality.
State or ProvinceEnter the full name of the state or province in which the certifier organization resides.
CountryEnter the two-character abbreviation of country in which organization resides
5. Click "Create Key Ring."

6. After you read the information about the key ring file and distinguished name, click OK. Notes creates the key ring file and stash (.STH) file and places them in the Notes data directory on the client machine used to create the key ring.

7. Copy the key ring file and stash (.STH) file to the Domino data directory on the server.

8. Request an SSL server certificate.

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