Resolution

To generate a CSR and Private Key for Tomcat, perform the following steps:

Using the Java JDK Tool (Recommended JDK 1.4 or higher) , Keytool:  Go into the JDK/bin/ directory (/j2sdk1.4.0/bin/)

STEP 1:

Using the java keytool command line utility, the first thing you need to do is create a keystore and generate the key pair. Do this with the following command:

keytool -genkey -keysize 2048 -keyalg RSA -alias [Alias name] -keystore [Keystore Name]

Enter keystore password:  Choose a password and enter it when prompted to do so.

What is your first and last name?
[Unknown]:  www.mydomain.com (example)

What is the name of your organizational unit?
[Unknown]:  Thawte testing (example)

What is the name of your organization?
[Unknown]:  Thawte Testing (example)

What is the name of your City or Locality?
[Unknown]:  Cape Town (example)

What is the name of your State or Province?
[Unknown]:  Western Province (example)

What is the two-letter country code for this unit?
[Unknown]:  ZA (example)

Is CN=www.mydomain.com, OU=Thawte testing, O=Thawte Testing, L=Cape Town, ST=Western Province, C=ZA correct?
[no]:  yes

Enter key password for <tomcat>

(RETURN if same as keystore password)

NOTE: Please specify the same password for the keystore and the keyentry or else you will receive the following error message when you restart the jakarta engine: “java.security.UnrecoverableKeyException: Cannot recover key”

Note, that a keystore was created.

Please run: keytool -list -keystore [keystorename] to make sure you can read the keystore file.

The keystore will be stored in your JDK/bin directory. Create a copy of the keystore file and store it on a removable disk for safe keeping in case of a server crash.

STEP 2:

Backup Keystore file:  To backup the keystore file with the keyentry just created, please refer to the following solution: SO1870

STEP 3:

Generate a CSR off the newly create keystore and keyentry:
keytool -certreq -alias tomcat -keyalg RSA -file certreq.csr -keystore [keystorename]

Enter keystore password (from Step 1).

The CSR will be saved to your JDK/bin directory:

—–BEGIN NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–

and

—–END NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–

STEP 4:

Submit the CSR in our online Certificate enrollment process and fax the necessary documentation to your Thawte Representative.

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