Wednesday, August 26, 2009

HOWTO: Convert .crt file into the Microsoft .cer format



Double-click on the yourwebsite.crt file to open it into the certificate display.

Select the Details tab, then select the Copy to file button.

Press Next on the Certificate Wizard.
Select Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER), then Next.

Select Browse (to locate a destination) and type in the filename yourwebsite.
Select Next then Finished.

You now have the file yourwebsite.cer

Sunday, August 16, 2009

HOWTO: Use existing SSL certicate for VMware Security server

Not sure if you guys have figured this out already but after lots of trial and error I did eventually figure this out.

There are some steps that the "View Manager Administration Guide" should have included but they are close. I used "View Manager 3.1" version of the document with the following changes.

The following process assumes that you have installed an internal View Connection Server and the View Security Server software on a machine in your DMZ.


If you have an existing SSL certificate follow the below process:

1. Right click your SSL certificate from IIS or Windows Server using the Certificates Snap-in, select All Tasks > Export

2. On the Welcome Screen click Next

3. On the Export Private Key screen, select "Yes, export the private key", click Next

4. On the Export File Format screen, PFX will be selected, check both "Include all certificates in the certification path if possible" and "Export all extended properties" and click Next

5. Type confirm a password, click Next. (Note: You will need to remember this password for Step 10

6. Enter a name and folder path for the exported certificate, click Next

7. Click Finish.

8. Copy the exported certificate to C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\sslgateway\conf on your View Security Server.

9. Create or edit the file C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\sslgateway\conf\

10. Add the following properties to
keyfile=name of exported certificate from Step 6
keypass=password used in Step 5



11. Restart the View Connection Service on the security server.

12. Connect to your published and enjoy the wonder of virtual desktops.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

HOWTO: Set timeout options for Remote Desktop Connections

You can set the maximum amount of idle time allowed for remote desktop connections.

  1. From your computer's Start menu, point to Programs, point to Admin Tools, and then click Terminal Services Configuration.
  2. In the right pane of the window, click RDP-Tcp.
  3. Click the Sessions tab.
  4. Specify the values you want to use.