Create Temporary Certificates for Use During Development

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When developing a secure service or client using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), it is often necessary to supply an X.509 certificate to be used as a credential. The certificate typically is part of a chain of certificates with a root authority found in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store of the computer.

The first is a self-signed certificate that is placed in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store, and the second certificate is created from the first and is placed in either the Personal store of the Local Machine location, or the Personal store of the Current User location.

This topic walks through the steps to create these two certificates using the Certificate Creation Tool (MakeCert.exe), which is provided by the .NET Framework SDK.

In case of any query. Please comment below and let me know.



David Stephens · July 8, 2018 at 7:15 am

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dnanetwork · July 8, 2018 at 7:15 am

you can find a lot on this from codeplex or MSDN or google.
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Satchi Jena · July 8, 2018 at 7:15 am

can you please share the text file with all steps.

Satchi Jena · July 8, 2018 at 7:15 am

This is a very clear…thank you so much for this video.

Smitha Challa · July 8, 2018 at 7:15 am

Ok good video..very clear.. As per my understanding, you used the same private key for both client and server certificates? Is that the common norm? I have generated a privatekey, client crt with this private key. . My vendor emailed me the server crt with no private key- chain crt with all the trusted stuff. My soap request needs 2 tokens(client, server). Please suggest. should I be importing my private key to the server certificate. I am trying to connect to an external service.

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