wiki:NGINX Generate SSL Certificate

This website details the process of creating a certificate

  1. On the host VM create the following directory if not already present

sudo mkdir share sudo mkdir share/cert sudo mkdir share/cert/live

  1. On the host VM run the following command :

cd share/cert/live sudo openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -sha256 -nodes -keyout -out

Ensure that the prefix for the .key and .csr is you domain name.

This command requires the following user input :

Generating a 2048 bit RSA private key



writing new private key to ''


You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated

into your certificate request.

What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.

There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank

For some fields there will be a default value,

If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.


Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:UK

State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:Leicestershire

Locality Name (eg, city) []:Leicester

Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:Cardiovascular

Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) []

Email Address []:

Please enter the following 'extra' attributes

to be sent with your certificate request

A challenge password []: Pa55word

An optional company name []:

This command generates a .key and .csr

  1. The .csr has to be self signed by UHL certificate authority. To do this you have to send the text of the .csr to UHL IT (Robert.Hallett@…)

Its important for UHL IT to provide it in base46 which is in text readable and not binary. The file they provide will be .cer

Name this file along the lines of and place it :

sudo mv /share/cert/live/

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