Replacing the VxRail Manager SSL Certificate failed

Cause:
Replacing the VxRail Manager SSL Certificate through the Certificate Management Gui ended up with an error.

I was used to replacing the VxRail certificate using the cli. This was the preferred way somewhere up to version VxRail 4.7.x. All preparations for using the gui are the same as when replacing the certificate through the cli:

  1. Config OpenSSL.conf with the required information
  2. Create RSA key
  3. Creare CSR file
  4. Request a Certificate signed by your CA
  5. Download Certificate CA chain

The certificate and CA certificate chain must still be in PEM format.

So I start with a snapshot of the VxRail manager and copied the VxRail certificate, RSA key, certificate chain and entered a password in the gui. After pressing the Update button I received the following error.

Solution:
I will briefly tell you what went wrong. As told earlier, I used the same way to create the certifcates as I did when using the cli.

The error was caused by the certificate CA chain. After downloading the certificate CA chain file, the certificates are listed from top to bottom. The Root CA was at the bottom. This is order has always worked when replacing the VxRail manager certificate using the cli.

I was led to the solution after reading the certificate chain content information twice, see the screenshot above here. I assumed that the certificate format was causing the issue. There is also information about the certificate format next to the information about the order of the CA certificates in the chain file. I changed the order of the CA certificates in chain file with the Root CA on top.

At the next try I copied again the VxRail certificate, RSA key and certificate chain and entered a password in the gui. After pressing the Update button I received a notification that the VxRail Manager certificate is successful replaced. It takes about 5 minutes, before the VxRail manager is back online.

During this 5 minutes the VxRail SSL Thumbprint in the cluster in vCenter will be updated and services will be restarted. You can see the VxRail SSL Thumbrint on the cluster summary page in vCenter.

This auto replacement of the VxRail SSL Thumbprint is an enhancement compared to the old way when the certificate was replaced using the cli. The VxRail SSL Thumbprint then had to be manually read and copied from the VxRail manager to the cluster custom attribute in vCenter.

Return to the VxRail System info page after 5 minutes. You should now see the VxRail information.

Done.

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