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18.4. Using Pre-Existing Keys and Certificates

If you already have an existing key and certificate (for example, if you are installing the secure server to replace another company's secure server product), you can probably use your existing key and certificate with the secure server. The following two situations provide instances where you are not able to use your existing key and certificate:

If you have an existing key and certificate that you can use, you do not have to generate a new key and obtain a new certificate. However, you may need to move and rename the files which contain your key and certificate.

Move your existing key file to:

/etc/httpd/conf/ssl.key/server.key

Move your existing certificate file to:

/etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/server.crt

After you have moved your key and certificate, skip to Section 18.9 Testing The Certificate.

If you are upgrading from the Red Hat Secure Web Server, your old key (httpsd.key) and certificate (httpsd.crt) are located in /etc/httpd/conf/. Move and rename your key and certificate so that the secure server can use them. Use the following two commands to move and rename your key and certificate files:

mv /etc/httpd/conf/httpsd.key /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.key/server.key
mv /etc/httpd/conf/httpsd.crt /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/server.crt

Then, start your secure server with the command:

/sbin/service httpd start

You are prompted to enter your passphrase. After you type it in and press [Enter], the server starts.