Manage certificates

Manage certificates

After you deploy an MCP cluster, you can renew your expired certificates or replace them by the endpoint certificates provided by a customer as required. When you renew a certificate, its key remains the same. When you replace a certificate, a new certificate key is added accordingly.

You can either push certificates from pillars or regenerate them as follows:

  • Generate and update by salt-minion (signed by salt-master)

  • Generate and update by external certificate authorities, for example, by Let’s Encrypt

Certificates generated by salt-minion can be renewed by the salt-minion state. The renewal operation becomes available within 30 days before the expiration date. This is controlled by the days_remaining parameter of the x509.certificate_managed Salt state. Refer to Salt.states.x509 for details.

You can force renewal of certificates by removing old certificates and running salt.minion.cert state on each target node.