A.0 SSL Certificates

For security reasons, the communication between client machines and the SLMS server is encrypted with an SSL key. The public part of the key has to be copied from the SLMS server to the appliance, while the private part must be kept on the server. Otherwise the appliance will not be able to register with the SLMS server.

Correct installation of an SSL certificate in the SLMS environment takes the following general steps:

  1. Install your SSL certificate on the SLMS server. For more information, see Section A.3, How to Install SSL Certificate on the SLMS Server.

    1. If your client appliance is not built yet, add the public part of the SSL certificate as an overlay file to the appliance in SUSE Studio. For more information, see Section A.4, How to Add SSL Certificate to an Appliance.

    2. If your appliance is already built without the server SSL certificate, you need to copy it to the appliance. For more information, see Section A.5, How to Copy the SSL Certificate to the Client Appliance.

Basically, there are two types of SSL certificates: either self-signed certificates, or certificates signed by a well known certification authority (CA).