PowerVCF – Connect SDDC Manager to the Microsoft Certificate Authority (Part 2)

This is the second of five blog posts that discusses the process of Certificate Management with VMware Cloud Foundation.

In this post we will look at the process of configuring SDDC Manager integration with the Microsoft Certificate Authority. SDDC Manager must be configured with the Microsoft Certificate Authority so that you can automate the process of generating and replacing signed certificates across the deployed components.

Connect SDDC Manager to the Microsoft Certificate Authority using the User Interface

The following procedure demonstrates the process through the SDDC Manager User Interface.

Procedure

  • Navigate to Administration > Security > Certificate Management.
  • Configure the Microsoft Certificate Authority.
    • Click Edit.
    • Configure the following values and click Save.
Certificate Authority Microsoft
CA Server URLhttps://rpl-dc01.rainpole.local/certsrv
Usernameadministrator
Passwordadministrator_password
Template NameVMware
  • In the CA Server Certificate Details dialog, click Accept.

Connect SDDC Manager to the Microsoft Certificate Authority using PowerVCF

The following procedure demonstrates the process through PowerVCF.

Assumption: You have already installed or imported PowerVCF on your system.

Procedure

Before performing any operations on SDDC Manager using PowerVCF you must enter the credentials, the PowerVCF cmdlet Connect-VCFManager takes these credentials and stores them as a base64 string which is then used for each subsequent cmdlet. Enter the following syntax.

Connect-VCFManager -fqdn lax01mgr01.lax.rainpole.local -username admin -password "VMw@re1!"

The configuration for the Microsoft Certificate Authority can be performed using the Set-VCFMicrosoftCA cmdlet. Enter the following syntax.

Set-VCFMicrosoftCA -serverUrl https://rpl-dc01.rainpole.local/certsrv -username Administrator -password VMw@re1! -templateName VMware

We can then verify the configuration using the Get-VCFCertificateAuthConfiguration cmdlet. Enter the following syntax.

Get-VCFCertificateAuthConfiguration

And there we have it, we’ve now configured the Microsoft Certificate Authority in SDDC Manager.

If you would like to learn more about VMware Cloud Foundation or PowerVCF, check out these links:


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