What is "your company's code signing certificate (.pfx file)"?

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09-30-2016 07:31 AM
AdamRepsher
Regular Contributor

In the online instructions for the https://community.esri.com/community/gis/applications/operations-dashboard-for-arcgis?sr=search&sear... Deployment Utility, subsection "Create the Operations Dashboard files", Step 7 instructs us to, "Provide your company's code signing certificate (.pfx file), provide the password, and click Next."

We have a number of certificates that are related to our company.  BUT...

I have deployed Portal for ArcGIS on a machine within our company's network, our intranet.  Not accessible from the internet.

The only certificate that I think would be applicable in this situation is the domain certificate that was generated for our WebAdapter, which gives users secure access to our Portal.  Would this be the cert that I'm looking for? 

Thanks!

--Adam

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RandallWilliams
Esri Regular Contributor

A cert created for a web server isn't the same as a code signing certificate. If your organization has an internal CA server, can you can get signed code signing cert from there, otherwise you'd need to get one from a public CA. OR, you can create a self signed code signing certificate for DEV purposes, which I suppose you can use if your portal is internal only.

This should help:

https://www.sslshopper.com/what-is-code-signing.html

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/84847/how-do-i-create-a-self-signed-certificate-for-code-signing-...

AdamRepsher
Regular Contributor

Randal,

I got the cert that I am talking about from an internal CA server to set up SSL for my Portal. Same thing that you are talking about, or no?

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RandallWilliams
Esri Regular Contributor

The certificate won't be the same, but you should be able to use that same CA to generate a new code signing certificate. You won't be able to use the web server certificate as a code signing cert.

AdamRepsher
Regular Contributor

Thank you for the help, randall_williams-esristaff‌.

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