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Renewing Certificate on Apache Tomcat with CertSecure Manager

This article will guide you through how to renew a certificate on a website running on an Apache Tomcat web server while requesting the certificate from CertSecure Manager. The steps referred to in the article describe how certificates can be renewed manually on the server.

Step-by-Step Guide to Renew Certificate

To renew a certificate on Apache Web Server for any website hosted on it, we can either generate a CSR from the CertSecure manager itself or we can enroll a certificate directly from a pre-existing CSR. Cert Secure Manager helps to reduce the labor-intensive and time-consuming steps that are required to acquire a certificate from a certificate authority (CA).

Following the prescribed steps one can easily acquire a certificate from CertSecure Manager and renew it on desired website running on the Apache web server.

  1. Login to your CertSecure Manager, and navigate to Generate Certificate in the Enrollment section present on the left side. We will be generating a certificate and downloading PFX directly from CertSecure Manager.

  2. Select the desired Certificate Authority, Template, SAN attributes, and other necessary information. Then, click on Generate Certificate.

    Generate Certificate on Tomcat Apache
  3. Navigate to the Enrollment Inventory and find your certificate (check tasks for your enrollment ID). Download the PFX and navigate to the Apache server.

  4. Place the PFX file on the path where the certificate and key for your site are stored. If necessary, update the keystore path and password on the server.xml file.

    For example, the PFX file that our Tomcat server used was in C drive so either put your file in that directory or just update the path to PFX file and its password in the server.xml file.

  5. Restart your server for the changes to take place.


If you have been through the process outlined in the previous steps, you can renew the certificate manually for any website that operates on an Apache Tomcat server. This can be done without any hassle or difficulty. By following the necessary steps, you can ensure that the certificate is renewed and your website remains secure and trustworthy.

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About the Author

Akashdeep Kashyap is a cybersecurity enthusiast who views the field not just as a profession, but as a pathway to unlocking the true essence of technology. His journey in cybersecurity is driven by a profound belief that understanding and securing digital systems illuminates our understanding of the broader tech landscape. Akashdeep approaches cybersecurity as a means of enlightenment, constantly seeking to unravel the complexities of digital security while embracing the ever-evolving world of technology.

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