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How to manage SSL

SSL uses a certificate to provide a secure connection between the storage system and a Web browser. If your storage system does not have SSL enabled, you can set up SecureAdmin to enable SSL and allow administrative requests over HTTPS to succeed.

SecureAdmin is set up automatically on storage systems shipped with Data ONTAP 8.0 or later. For these systems, Secure protocols (including SSH, SSL, and HTTPS) are enabled by default, and nonsecure protocols (including RSH, Telnet, FTP, and HTTP) are disabled by default.

Two types of certificates are used—self-signed certificate and certificate-authority-signed certificate.