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When installing On-Premises version of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (D365FFO), we need a set of certificates to secure our Service Fabric cluster and applications we will be deploying. Self-signed certificates can be used in the TEST environments, but it is recommended to get the certificates from a Certificate Authority or generate them using your own Active Directory Certificate Services.
In this blog post, I will describe how to create the Certificate Templates in your AD that can later be used when generating all needed certificates for D365FFO On-Premises installation.
I assume you already have the Certificate Services installed, so to access it, you can use Certification Authority option from Server Manager -> Tools menu:
Another option, is to open Management Console (mmc) and add Certification Authority or, even better, Certificate Templates snap-in:
If you only opened Certification Authority, then you need to right-click on Certificate Templates and use Manage option. This should open the Certificate Template Console:
There are two Certificate Templates that we need for D365FFO installation as there are two sets of properties that will be needed for the different certificates we need to generate. When creating the certificates, I will only focus on the parameters important for D365FFO installation, but there might be also other that are not mentioned here, but you might want or need to use depending on your company security policy.
1. D365FFOGeneralTemplate – this is the template, that will be used for most of our certificates and its purpose will be set to “Signature and encryption”.
2. D365FFOEnciphermentTemplate - this is the template, that will be used for our Encipherment Certificate and its purpose will be set to “Encryption”
With these steps we created the following templates:
Now we need to make them available for use by going to Certification Authority, right-click on Certificate Templates -> New and using Certificate Template to Issue option:
In the next step the certificates we just created can be selected and confirmed and once this is done, they are available for use.
We can use these to generate all the certificates needed for D365FFO On-Premises deployment. In the next blog I will provide information on how to proceed with this.
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