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How to install an SSL Certificate on Pulse Secure SSL VPN?

Monday, April 8th, 2019

This guide provides step by step instructions on how to generate a CSR code and install an SSL Certificate on Pulse Secure SSL VPN. In the latter sections you will also find some interesting facts about Pulse Secure, and discover the best place online to shop for affordable SSL Certificates.

If you’ve already generated the CSR code and received the SSL certificate on your email, feel free to skip part 1. Use the links below to jump between sections.

Generate a CSR code on Pulse Secure
Install an SSL Certificate on Pulse Secure
Test your SSL installation
Pulse Secure history
Where to buy the best SSL Certificate for Pulse Secure?

Generate a CSR code on Pulse Secure

Creating a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) is part of the SSL certificate application process. The CSR code is a block of encoded text with your contact details such as the domain you want to secure, and the company that owns the domain. Along with the CSR code, you will also generate your private key, which you’ll use later during the installation.

To generate a CSR code on Pulse Secure SSL VPN, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your Pulse Secure admin dashboard
  2. Navigate to System > Configuration > Certificates > Device Certificates
  3. Under Certificates issued to click on the New CSR button
  4. Next, in the New Certificate Signing Request window, submit the required information:
    • Common Name: enter the FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) to which you want to assign your new SSL Certificate. For example, yoursitename.com.

      Note: If you have a wildcard certificate, add an asterisk in front of the domain name. For instance, *.yoursitename.com

    • Organization Name: specify the full legal name of your company. For example, Your Company LLC
    • Org. Unit Name: name the department within your company requesting the SSL Certificates. For example, IT
    • Locality/City: include the city where your business is officially registered. For example, San Jose
    • State: write the full name of the state where your business is located. For example, California
    • Country/Region: enter the two-letter ISO country code. For example, US
    • Email address: provide a valid email address
    • Key Type: RSA
    • Key Length: 2048 bits
    • Random Data: enter some random characters to augment the random key generator.
  5. Double check the info you’ve just entered and click Generate CSR
  6. Congrats, you have successfully created your CSR code. You can see it by scrolling down the screen.
  7. Copy-paste the entire CSR code including the BEGIN CERTIFICATE and END CERTIFICATE tags into a Notepad document.
  8. Use the CSR code during the order process with your SSL vendor.

Install an SSL Certificate on Pulse Secure

After the CA signs your SSL Certificate and sends the necessary SSL files to your inbox, you need to download the ZIP folder and extract its contents on your device.

To install an SSL certificate on Pulse Secure SSL VPN, prepare the following files:

  1. Your primary SSL Certificate in PEM format. Depending on your CA the actual file may have the .cer/crt/.pem extension
  2. Your intermediate certificate also referred to as CA bundle or chain file.

Note: Some Certificate Authorities may send you more than one intermediate certificate. You will have to import them separately.

Next, import your primary SSL certificate:

  1. Log into your Pulse Secure dashboard
  2. Navigate to System > Configuration > Certificates > Device Certificates
  3. Under Certificate Signing Requests, click the Pending CSR link corresponding to the certificate you want to install
  4. Next to Signed Certificate, click Choose File and browse the location of your primary SSL Certificate
  5. Click Import.

Now, import your intermediate certificate:

  1. In the admin Dashboard, select System > Configuration > Certificates > Device Certificates
  2. Click the Intermediate CAs link
  3. Click Import CA certificate, and browse the location of your intermediate certificate file.
  4. Click Import Certificate
  5. If you have more than one intermediate certificate, repeat the process.

The final step is to assign your new SSL Certificate to your Virtual Ports:

  1. From your list of SSL Certificates, double click the old cert you’re replacing
  2. Unbind/remove the certificate from any ports that it’s assigned to, then click Save Changes
  3. From your list of SSL Certificates, double click the new cert
  4. Choose and add the relevant ports for your new certificate, then click Save Changes.

Congrats, you’ve successfully installed your SSL Certificate on Pulse Secure SSL VPN system.

Test your SSL installation

After you install an SSL Certificate on Secure Pulse SSL VPN, you should run an SSL scan to look for potential errors or vulnerabilities in your configuration. For more info, check our article on the best SSL tools for testing an SSL Certificate.

Pulse Secure history

Pulse Secure, LLC is a Virtual Private Network platform specializing in mobile security products for enterprises and service providers. The SSL/VPN Pulse product family was initially launched by Juniper Networks in 2010. In 2014 it was spun-off to Pulse Secure, LLC.

Pulse Secure offers fast, secure and optimized access to data center applications and cloud services across multiple devices.

Where to buy the best SSL Certificate for Pulse Secure?

SSL Dragon is a reputable SSL vendor with impeccable customer support. We’ve built strong partnerships with the best Certificate Authorities on the market to offer affordable prices across the entire range of SSL products. All our certificates are compatible with Pulse Secure SSL VPN. Below are the types of SSL certificates available at SSL Dragon:

You can find the best SSL Certificate for your project and budget with the help of our exclusive SSL tools. The SSL Wizard  can find the right SSL product for you, while the Advanced Certificate Filter  can sort and compare different certificates by price, validation, and features.

If you find any inaccuracies, or you have details to add to these SSL installation instructions, please feel free to send us your feedback at [email protected]. Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.