Installation instructions for Nginx Server

Jan 6, 2023

 Concatenate the SSL and Intermediate CA Certificate

1. You need to combine the Server certificate (SSL_Certificate.crt) file , the Intermediate CA Certificate (intermediateCA.crt) and Root Certificate(Root.crt)  into a single concatenated file

2. To get a single concatenated file out of the Intermediate CA and the SSL Certificate run the following command:

cat intermediateCA.crt >> SSL_Certificate.crt

NOTE: The file names above should have been received within a .ZIP file 

Step 3: Edit the Nginx virtual hosts file

1. Open your Nginx virtual host file for the website you are securing.

NOTE:  If you need your site to be accessible through both secure (https) and non-secure (http) connections, you will need a server module for each type of connection.

2. Make a copy of the existing non-secure server module and paste it below the original.

Then add the lines in bold below:

server {
listen 443;

ssl on;
ssl_certificate /etc/ssl/[concatenated file];
ssl_certificate_key /etc/ssl/[private key file];

access_log /var/log/nginx/nginx.vhost.access.log;
error_log /var/log/nginx/nginx.vhost.error.log;
location / {
root /home/www/public_html/;
index index.html;

3. Adjust the file names to match your certificate files:

ssl_certificate should be your concatenated file created in above step
should be the key file generated when you created the CSR.

4. Restart Nginx. Run the following command to restart Nginx:

sudo /etc/init.d/nginx restart


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