Step 1: Complete CSRs for the controllers

You must first generate a certificate signing request (CSR) file for each controller in the storage array.

Before you begin

About this task

This task describes how to generate a CSR file from System Manager. The CSR provides information about your organization, and either the IP address or DNS name of the controller. During this task, one CSR file is generated if the storage array has one controller and two CSR files if it has two controllers.
Note: Alternatively, you can generate a CSR file using a tool such as OpenSSL and can skip to Step 2: Submit the CSR files.

Procedure

  1. Select Settings > Certificates.
  2. From the Array Management tab, select Complete CSR.
    Note: If you see a dialog box prompting you to accept a self-signed certificate for the second controller, click Accept Self-Signed Certificate to proceed.
  3. Enter the following information, and then click Next:
    • Organization – The full, legal name of your company or organization. Include suffixes, such as Inc. or Corp.
    • Organizational unit (optional) – The division of your organization that is handling the certificate.
    • City/Locality – The city where your storage array or business is located.
    • State/Region (optional) – The state or region where your storage array or business is located.
    • Country ISO code – Your country's two-digit ISO (International Organization for Standardization) code, such as US.
    CAUTION:
    Some fields might be pre-populated with the appropriate information, such as the IP address of the controller. Do not change prepopulated values unless you are certain they are incorrect. For example, if you have not yet completed a CSR, the controller IP address is set to “localhost.” In this case, you must change “localhost” to the DNS name or IP address of the controller.
  4. Verify or enter the following information about controller A in your storage array:
    • Controller A common name – The IP address or DNS name of controller A is displayed by default. Make sure this address is correct; it must match exactly what you enter to access System Manager in the browser. The DNS name cannot begin with a wildcard.
    • Controller A alternate IP addresses – If the common name is an IP address, you can optionally enter any additional IP addresses or aliases for controller A. For multiple entries, use a comma-delimited format.
    • Controller A alternate DNS names – If the common name is a DNS name, enter any additional DNS names for controller A. For multiple entries, use a comma-delimited format. If there are no alternate DNS names, but you entered a DNS name in the first field, copy that name here. The DNS name cannot begin with a wildcard.
    If the storage array has only one controller, the Finish button is available. If the storage array has two controllers, the Next button is available.
    Note: Do not click the Skip this step link when you are initially creating a CSR request. This link is provided in error-recovery situations. In rare cases, a CSR request might fail on one controller, but not on the other. This link allows you to skip the step for creating a CSR request on controller A if it is already defined, and continue to the next step for re-creating a CSR request on controller B.
  5. If there is only one controller, click Finish. If there are two controllers, click Next to enter information for controller B (same as above), and then click Finish.
    For a single controller, one CSR file is downloaded to your local system. For dual controllers, two CSR files are downloaded. The folder location of the download depends on your browser.

After you finish

Go to Step 2: Submit the CSR files.