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How to create a certificate for use with IE/FTP using Mozilla Firefox

These directions have been prepared using Mozilla Firefox 1.5 on Microsoft Windows. On other versions and operating systems, the procedure may vary slightly.

  1. To start the certificate generation process, first enter your User number into the box on the Welcome page and click 'Continue'.

    Step 1

  2. When your User number has been validated, you will be able to view the status of your certificates and preregistrations. The "Pre-registered" status indicates that our server has processed your initial registration (either self-registration, or registration performed on your behalf by GXS or a reseller).

    An item must be in the preregistered state in order for you to create a certificate. To start the certificate creation process, click the 'Create Certificate' link. This will take you to the 'Create Certificate' page.

    Step 2

  3. On this page, enter your Challenge token and click 'Continue'.

  4. Step 3

  5. You will be required to select a key length. Longer keys are generally considered to be more secure, but ensure that your ftps client can support the key length you choose.

    Send your 'Create Certificate' request by clicking 'Submit Request'.

    Step 4

  6. Your browser will generate a private/public key pair and a certificate request. The generation of the key pair is a browser-driven process.

    Step 5

  7. Depending on configuration, your browser may require you to provide a certificate store password. If this is the first time you have used the certificate store, you will have the opportunity to create a new password. Do not forget your certificate store password

  8. You will be returned to your list of registrations and certificates. Your newly issued certificate appears in bold type in the list. The status of your certificate will change from "Pre-registered" to "Active". Click on "Download Certificate" against the new item, which will take you to the 'Download Certificate' page.

    Step 8

  9. Click the 'Download Certificate' link.

    Step 9

  10. Your browser may not inform you that it has successfully downloaded your certificate. To check that you have downloaded it, choose "Tools" then "Options" from the menu bar. Select "Advanced" on the top of the window, select the "security" tab, and click "View Certificates".

    Step 10.1

    Your new certificate should appear in the "Your Certificates" list.

    Step 10.2

  11. You will also need to click the 'Download CA Certificate' link. Click 'OK' at the confirmation dialog.

    Step 11

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