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How to Use an Existing SSL Certificate (Private Cloud)

Alternatively, if you already have the required .key file, .crt file, and bundle.crt file, you can simply move these files into your Apache directory. You must also update the Apache httpd.conf file to reflect this change.

To use an existing SSL certificate with Apache:

  1. In your server, copy the following files:

    • .key file

    • .crt file

    • bundle.crt file

  2. Paste the three files into your Apache SSL directory (for example, C:\Apache24\conf\ssl).

  3. Navigate to Apache’s conf directory (for example, C:\Apache24\conf\) and open the httpd.conf file.

  4. In the VirtualHost section, update the following lines:

    • SSLCertificateFile "C:\Apache24\conf\ssl\yourdomainname.crt"

    • SSLCertificateKeyFile "C:\Apache24\conf\ssl\yourdomainname.key"

    • SSLCertificateChainFile "C:\Apache24\conf\ssl\yourbundle.crt"

    For example:

    < VirtualHost_default_:510>

    SSLEngine on


    SSLCertificateFile "C:\Apache24\conf\ssl\anchor.crt"

    SSLCertificateKeyFile "C:\Apache24\conf\ssl\anchor.key"

    SSLCertificateChainFile "C:\Apache24\conf\ssl\anchorbundle.crt"

    AllowEncodedSlashes On



    Your SSL certificate is now ready for use with Apache.