How to Install RapidSSL Wildcard certificate

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Steps to Install RapidSSL Wildcard Certificate on RedHat Linux Web Server

Initial Checklist

Before Installing RapidSSL Wildcard Certificate please ensure following processes have been  completed

  • Buy/renew RapidSSL Wildcard Certificate
  • Generate CSR with SHA-2 algorithm
  • Save the CSR & Private key file on your server
  • Apply for SSL Certificate Issuance

Note: if this SSL Installation process not work for your RedHat server, then please contact them directly to find the actual issue.

Step 1: Download & Extract Certificates

Once you complete the checkout & Certificate issuance process RapidSSL will send you email via email including a *.zip file. Extract this *.zip file on your server directory.


Step 2: Download & Installation of Intermediate CA certificate

  • Download RapidSSL Intermediate certificate via here. (Make sure to download the intermediate certificate for SHA-2 algorithm).
  • Open the intermediate certificate file using any text editor; copy all the encrypted data into a new file and save the new file with any name lets say (internediate_cert.crt).

Note: you can give any name to intermediate certificate file, but the extension of this file must be .crt.

  • Copy this file in to /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/intermediatecert.crt
  • Open your CNF file using any text editor via etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf location.
  • Now using virtual host tag add following directive

SSLCACertificateFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/intermediate.crt

  • Your intermediate certificate is now installed.


Step 3: Install SSL Certificate File

  • Open you certificate file with text editor and copy its encrypted data starting from —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—– to  —–END CERTIFICATE—– and paste it into new file
  • Now save that file with new name as server-cert.crt
  • Save your certificate file at following location /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/server-cert.crt.
  • Following the same way add your server.key file at /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.key/server.key

Now in your httpd.cnf file, using virtual host tag add following directives.

SSLCertificateFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/server.crt

SSLCertificateKeyFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.key/server.key

SSLCACertificateFile /etc/httpd/conf/ssl.crt/intermediate.crt (Don’t add, if it is already added.)

  • Save your httpd.cnf file
  • Restart your Red Hat Apache web server.

Finally you have successfully Install RapidSSL Wildcard Certificate on RedHat Web Server.

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