Create a strong self-signed certificate for multiple years

If you follow these steps you can create a self signed certificate with the following specifications:

  • Wildcard certificate
  • SHA256 hash
  • 10 years
  • 2048 bits public key
  • Client and server verification
  • Sha1 fingerprint

Be aware that self-signed certificates can manipulate by a man-in-the-middle. You should not use this in critical production environments.

Please use windows 10 powershell in admin mode. Otherwise you will get errors

New-SelfSignedCertificate -certstorelocation cert:\localmachine\my -dnsname *.domain.local -NotBefore $([datetime]::now.AddDays(-15)) -NotAfter $([datetime]::now.AddDays(3560))

Now export the certificates. Before you copy/paste change the thumbprint with the thumbprint you get from the above command.

$CertPassword = ConvertTo-SecureString -String "YourPassword" -Force –AsPlainText
Export-PfxCertificate -Cert cert:\LocalMachine\My\C6B46CEB7D3A40DB08E78B19FEDD3A24EA7A7919  -FilePath C:\test.pfx -Password $CertPassword
Export-Certificate -Cert Cert:\LocalMachine\My\C6B46CEB7D3A40DB08E78B19FEDD3A24EA7A7919 -FilePath C:\tstcert.cer

Now you can import the PFX with IIS and bind the certificate in IIS.
And import the *.CER in your MMC > Certificates > Computer account > trusted root Certification authority > Certificates

Have fun with your certificate the next 10 years 😀



Convert PFX to PEM and upload the certificate to Plesk

Export the Private Key:

# openssl pkcs12 -in filename.pfx -nocerts -out key.pem

Remove the password from the SSL certificate (unencrypted is needed for plesk):

# openssl rsa -in key.pem -out server.key

Export the certificate:

# openssl pkcs12 -in filename.pfx -clcerts -nokeys -out cert.pem

Now upload the certificate:


And bind the certificate in your hosting settings:


Zenoss reverse proxy with Pound (CentOS)

Zenoss don’t support SSL certificates out-of-the-box. If you want to use an SSL connection to your zenoss monitor server the only thing you can do is use an reverse proxy. You can use this howto to install and configure a pound reverse proxy.

Install pound with the EPEL

Install the EPEL (more info about EPEL) repository with these commands:

su -c 'rpm -Uvh'
yum update

Install pound

yum install pound

Install pound without the EPEL

rpm -ivh Pound-2.6-2.el6.x86_64.rpm

Configure Pound

I had a lot of trouble because I used a real SSL certificate immediately. The cause was I dropped the SSL cert in the wrong linux folder. Best practice is first create a selfsigned SSL, test pound and then replace the selfsigned with a real SSL certificate.

cd /etc/ssl && openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:1024 -keyout local.server.pem -out local.server.pem -days 365 -nodes

Configure Pound

nano /etc/pound.cfg

Config file:

User "pound"
Group "pound"
Control "/var/lib/pound/pound.cfg"
Address 192.168.0.x
Port    443
Cert    "/etc/ssl/local.server.pem"
Port    8080

Now start the pound service

service pound start

Change the Zenoss config the handle the HTTPS traffic

nano /opt/zenoss/etc/zope.conf

Ad these 3 lines:


Restart zope

su - zenoss
restart zopectl

Replace the selfsigned SSL with a wildcard SSL (optional)

Create a PFX in windows. Tranfer the PFX to the Zenoss server and tranform the PFX to PEM (Linux certificate format). The command:

openssl pkcs12 -in validcertificate.pfx -out -nodes

Now change the pound cert:

nano /etc/pound.cfg
Address 192.168.0.x
Port    443
Cert    "/etc/ssl/"

Restart the service

service pound restart

Source: Enabling SSL in Zenoss 4.2 – Open Source Network Monitoring and Systems Management