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If you evaluating System Center 2012 and want to test Orchestrator or App Controller with Windows Azure IaaS you need certificate for management purpose. One of the best way for test environment is self-signed certificate. How to create it? Use Certificate Creation Tool (MakeCert).

MakeCert isn’t part of Windows operating system. It’s distributed with Windows SDK (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/hh852363) or Visual Studio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=255934). Standalone tool you can download form TechNet Gallery http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Certificate-Creation-tool-5b7c054d.

Below syntax create self-signed management certificate for Windows Azure.

makecert.exe -n "CN=Azure Management, O=Company Name" -pe -ss My -sr CurrentUser -r -a sha1 -sp "Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider" -sy 24 -sky exchange -len 2048

Your certificate will created in Certificetes Store in Personal container in Current User node.

Next steps? Just export your certificate with public key (.cer) and also with private key (.pfx) using MMC console with Certificates Snap-in.

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  1. I was able to create the certificate but I am not finding it. What do you mean by Your certificate will created in Certificetes Store in Personal container in Current User node? Is this a folder in my hard drive?

    • @michel No, this isn’t folder on hard drive. Go to Start -> Run -> mmc.exe -> File -> Add/Remove Snap-in -> Certificates -> Add -> My user account -> Finish -> OK. Then you will have Certificates Management Console, next go to Personal container in Current User -> Certificates -> Personal 🙂

  2. […] with but in reality you will want a proper certificate. There is a decent little write up at https://blog.porowski.pro/creating-self-signed-management-certificate-for-windows-azure on how to create a self signed certificate. Once you have it you will want to log in to the Azure […]

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