VMware vCenter Certificate Automation Tool 1.0 Released

The release of vCenter 5.1 added more certificates into the mix (I shudder every time I think about Certificates). This was done to make communication between the components more secure. However, the process of updating these certificates with customers' own signed certificates is currently very tedious, error prone and the source of much pain for many Admins around the world.

Well I have good news for you all……

VMware have just announced the general availability of vCenter Certificate Automation Tool 1.0. This tool provides an automated mechanism to replace certificates in the following components of the vCenter management platform:

  1. vCenter Server 
  2. vCenter Single Sign On
  3. vCenter Inventory Service
  4. vSphere Web Client
  5. vCenter Log Browser
  6. vCenter Orchestrator (VCO)
  7. vSphere Update Manager (VUM) 

NOTE: The new certificate tool automates the updating of certificates in the management layer only. This tool does NOT handle replacement of certificates in ESXi hosts.

More information on this tool can be found here: http://blogs.vmware.com/kb/2013/04/introducing-the-vcenter-certificate-automation-tool-1-0.html
The tool can be downloaded for free from:  https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/datacenter_cloud_infrastructure/vmware_vsphere/5_1#drivers_tools
The corresponding KB article can be found at: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2041600

This tool is fully supported by VMware!!