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Creating a PEM for the Balancer

What is a PEM file?

One of the most widely used features of our Loadbalancer is the ability to offload SSL traffic by terminating HTTPS connections on the balancer itself. This has a variety of benefits including; centralized certificate management, offloading CPU intensive decryption/encryption tasks from your webservers and enabling the balancer to make complex layer-7 routing decisions on encrypted workloads.

The balancer requires the certificates be in the .pem format. A PEM is essentially just the certificate, key, as well as any intermediate certificates (if required) all combined into a single file.

You can simply combine all of these into a single file with the extension .pem

Creating your PEM file

It should look something like this:

-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----

(REQUIRED: Your Private Key: website.key)

-----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----

(REQUIRED: Your Primary SSL certificate: website.crt)

-----END CERTIFICATE-----

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----

(OPTIONALLY: Your Intermediate certificate: NetworkSolutions_CA.crt)

-----END CERTIFICATE-----

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----

(OPTIONALLY: Your Root certificate: TrustedRoot.crt)

-----END CERTIFICATE-----

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