SAN technical resources
Although SAN certificates are not exactly new, the release of Exchange Server 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 created a new hype around these babies.
For some people, creating and managing SAN certificates is still not a trivial task. Fortunately, the technical community is permanently writing cool documents and developing neat tools to ease everyone’s work.
Recently, while reading the Pro-Exchange and TelnetPORT25 blogs I noticed these 2 fine resources that I would like to share with everyone:
- The Shortcut Guide to Subject Alternative Name Certificates - The Shortcut Guide to Subject Alternative Name Certificates provides information about SAN certificates to show how they can be used in a variety of technologies. These special certificates allow multiple hosts to use the same certificate, avoiding the costs of obtaining, deploying, and managing multiple nearly-identical certificates. This guide will explore what SAN certificates are, how they work, and how they can help you deploy server farms more efficiently. You may even discover that you already have SAN certificates available that can be put to good use with no additional expense!
- Exchange 2007 CSR Portable SAN Generation Tool - For many of us, we are just looking for a simple means to create an SSL certificate for our Client Access Servers which the DigiCert tool certainly offers, however – if like me you find (or found) yourself in the position where you have no direct access to the Internet from the Client Access Server (either for security reasons, or you are working on a machine with no web connection) you will have to remember the PS1 command syntax to generate the CSR. For situations like the above I decided to write the Exchange 2007 SAN CSR Generator which is a small Application based around the .NET 2.0 Framework which fits quite nicely on a USB pen or other media that you might use during the course of your Exchange endeavours.