Enabling LDAPS (i.e LDAPS via SSL/TLS on port 636 or LDAPS via starttls on port 389) on active directory controllers requires a valid certificate to be added to each domain controller. Overall this process is reasonably documented, for example at How to enable LDAP over SSL with a third-party certification authority and Event ID 1220 — LDAP over SSL and LDAP over SSL (LDAPS) Certificate.

So the basic steps are generate a keypair, create a CSR, submit the CSR, obtain a cert and import a certificate into the AD DS personal store. Pretty usual process for certificates.

The missing bit of information is what to do when using OpenSSL to generate the key-pair and CSR. The certificate provided by the CA is likely to be in text .crt/.cer format (i.e. contains —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—– and —–END CERTIFICATE—–). To import into the AD DS personal store we need to use a .pfx which includes the private key, the certificate and CA cert.

To create a .pfx we can do something like (all on one line…):

openssl pkcs12 -export -out servername.pfx -inkey servername- key.pem -in servername-crt.pem -certfile /path/to/rootCAcertificate.pem

We then transfer the .pfx file to the domain controller in question and follow the above documents’ directions.

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