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Create publication procedure in Certificate Manager

This article is valid for Certificate Manager 8.4 and later.

This article describes how to create a publication procedure that defines the parameters to be used when publishing certificates using the Certificate Controller (CC) in Certificate Manager (CM).

This task is done in the Administrator's workbench (AWB) in Certificate Manager.


The following prerequisites apply:

  • Two administration officers must sign the request.

  • Both officers must have the following roles:

    • Use AWB

    • Policy tasks

  • A connection to the CM host must have been established (see Connect to a Certificate Manager host).

  • The following information is required by the administration officer during the task:

    • The procedure name that will appear in the explorer bar

    • The publication format to be used

    • The distribution rules to be used

It is recommended that formats, which are not available, be generated before performing this task.

Create publication procedure

Clicking Save at any time during the creation of the publication procedure, before clicking OK, will save the data and place the incomplete procedure definition in the Publication procedures sub-group.

To complete the creation of the publication procedure at a later stage:

  • Highlight the procedure in the explorer bar.

  • Select Modify from the Edit menu, the toolbar, or the right-click shortcut menu.

To create a publication procedure:

  1. In AWB, select New > Publication procedure.

  2. In the Create Publication Procedure Request dialog, enter the Procedure name that should appear in the Publication procedures sub-group in the explorer bar. This field is mandatory.

  3. Select Domain and check Visible in subdomain if applicable.

  4. Click the Publication format browse button and select publication format. This field is mandatory.

  5. Once a format has been selected, you can customize the set of format definition fields and modules.

    1. At Format, click Advanced.

      1. A pop-up window will appear containing all fields and modules from the selected format file.

        • The modules are shown in the top section with their indexes in the right column (the indexes determine the execution order of the modules).

        • The format definition fields are shown in the bottom section with the values of the parameters in the right column. You can edit the values for the definition fields parameters and store them for this particular procedure.

          Here is an example with the certificate format rfc5280.

    2. To add new format definition fields or modules click Add Parameter or Add Module. For added fields and modules (that are not present in the format file) you can edit values in the left column and also remove the row with Remove Parameter or Remove Module.

    The new values will take precedence over the values in the format file, but the format file will not be affected by these changes.

  6. In Distribution rules, click + and add a distribution rule. Add all relevant distribution rules.

  7. Click OK and sign the task. See Sign tasks in Certificate Manager for more information.

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