Certificate terminology

The following terms apply to certificate management in ThinkSystem SAN Manager .

Term Description
CA A certificate authority (CA) is a trusted entity that issues electronic documents, called digital certificates, for Internet security. These certificates identify website owners, which allows for secure connections between clients and servers.
CSR A certificate signing request (CSR) is a message that is sent from an applicant to a certificate authority (CA). The CSR validates the information the CA requires to issue a certificate.
Certificate A certificate identifies the owner of a site for security purposes, which prevents attackers from impersonating the site. The certificate contains information about the site owner and the identity of the trusted entity who certifies (signs) this information.
Management certificate A management certificate is installed on the host system used for the Web Services Proxy. It can be approved by a certificate authority (CA) or can be self-signed. The management certificate allows secure access to the SAN Manager interface.
Self-signed certificate A self-signed certificate is not signed by a certificate authority (CA). If the site connection is self-signed, a warning message opens before you can proceed to the web application.
Trusted certificate A signed certificate from a certificate authority (CA).
Web Services Proxy The Web Services Proxy, which provides access through standard HTTPS mechanisms, allows administrators to configure management services for storage arrays. The proxy can be installed on Windows or Linux hosts.

The SAN Manager interface is bundled with the Web Services Proxy.