How to use the Certificate Management Tool

In the first post on the Certificate Management Tool (CMT) series, I:

  • introduced the tool
  • detailed what the tool can help you do
  • covered the benefits (including ease-of-use and simplifying securing connections involving Rocket MultiValue products)
  • provided directions on where to download this free tool

In the second post, I explained why this easy-to-use tool works seamlessly with UniVerse, UniData and the associated tools.

In this third and final post in the series, I’ll cover some examples of how to use the outputs of the CMT to quickly and easily implement secure connections.

For example, you’re developing a RESTful web services to accomplish a task and you need to ensure the connections between the client and the RESTful Web Service (both ways) and between the RESTful Web Service and the Rocket MV Application Development Platform are secure.

The CMT can help by allowing you to quickly and easily:

  • create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) and send it off to a Certificate Authority (CA) or
  • create a Self-Signed Certificate (pfx or pem) that you can test and use.

CMT helps with the setup of the resource view connection when implementing secure connections between your MV database and U2 DBTools

 

Ultimately, you need to create and populate a Java Key Store (JKS) where these certificates are stored for easy access and use. You need to reference a JKS to implement secure connections to your MV database from any Java-based client such as U2 DBTools. CMT allows you to easily and quickly create or add certificates and keys to your JKS.

Please keep in mind that either a CA-signed certificate or a self-signed certificate can be stored in your in your JKS.

I’d also like to mention that you can take advantage of this tool when using Connection Manager (CM). Notice the new interface provided by CM!

Even though the interface is new, the information required is the same as what U2 DBTools requires, and can benefit from the CMT.

I hope you’ll download and use the tool from Git and share your experiences on this blog site in the comments section.

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