Use the SSL dashboard
You can use the SSL certificate dashboard in Citrix Application Delivery Management (Citrix ADM) to view graphs that help you keep track of certificate issuers, key strengths, and signature algorithms. The SSL certificate dashboard also displays graphs that indicate the following:
- Number of days after which certificates expire
- Number of used and unused certificates
- Number of self-signed and CA-signed certificates
- Number of issuers
- Signature algorithms
- SSL protocols
- Top 10 instances by number of certificates in use
Monitor SSL certificates
You may use the SSL dashboard on Citrix ADM to monitor your certificates if your company has SSL Policy where you have defined certain SSL certificate requirements such as all certificates must have minimum key strengths of 2048 bits and a trusted CA authority must authorize it.
In another example, you may have uploaded a new certificate but forgotten to bind it to a virtual server. The SSL dashboard highlights the SSL certificates being used or not used. In the Usage section, you can see the number of certificates that have been installed, and the number of certificates being used. You can further click on the graph, to see the certificates name, the instance on which it’s being used, its validity, its signature algorithm, and so on.
To monitor SSL certificates in Citrix ADM, navigate to Networks > SSL Dashboard.
Citrix ADM allows you to poll SSL Certificates and add all the SSL certificates of the instances immediately to Citrix ADM. To do so, navigate to Networks > SSL Dashboard and click Poll Now. The Poll Now page pops up, presenting the option to poll all Citrix ADC instances in the network or poll selected instances.
You can use the Citrix ADM SSL dashboard to view or monitor the details of NetScaler SSL certificates, SSL Virtual Servers, and SSL protocols. “Total” numbers are hyperlinks, which you can click to display details related to SSL certificates, SSL Virtual Servers, or SSL protocols.
For example, when a user clicks the number 30 under “Self signed vs. CA signed” in the above figure, a new window appears, showing details of the 30 SSL certificates on the Citrix ADC instances.
The Citrix ADM SSL Dashboard also shows the distribution of SSL protocols that are running on your virtual servers. As an administrator, you can specify the protocols that you want to monitor through the SSL policy, for more information, see Configuring SSL Policies. The protocols supported are SSLv2, SSLv3, TLS1.0, TLS1.1, and TLS1.2. The SSL protocols used on virtual servers appear in a bar chart format. Clicking on a specific protocol displays a list of virtual servers using that protocol.
A donut chart appears after Diffie-Hellman (DH) or Ephermeral RSA keys are enabled or disabled on the SSL dashboard. These keys enable secure communication with export clients even if the server certificate does not support export clients, as in the case of a 1024-bit certificate. Clicking on the appropriate chart displays a list of the virtual servers on which DH or Ephemeral RSA keys are enabled.
View audit logs for SSL certificates
You can now view log details of SSL certificates on Citrix ADM. The log details display operations performed using SSL certificates on Citrix ADM such as: installing SSL certificates, linking and unlinking SSL certificates, updating SSL certificates, and deleting SSL certificates. Audit log information is useful while monitoring SSL certificate changes done on an application with multiple owners.
To view an audit log for a particular operation performed on Citrix ADM using SSL certificates, navigate to Networks > SSL Dashboard and select Audit Logs.
For a particular operation performed using SSL certificate you can view its status, start time, and end time. Furthermore, you can view the instance on which the operation was performed and the commands executed on that instance.
Exclude default Citrix ADC certificates on the SSL Dashboard
Citrix ADM allows you to show or hide default NetScaler certificates showing up on the SSL Dashboard charts based on your preferences. By default, all certificates are displayed on the SSL dashboard including default certificates.
To show or hide default certificates on the SSL dashboard:
Navigate to Networks > SSL Dashboard in the Citrix ADM GUI.
On SSL Dashboard page, click Settings.
On the Settings page, select General.
In Certificate Filter section, disable the Show Default Certificates and select Save and Exit.
Download SSL certificates
SSL certificates have to be individually managed per instance. Citrix ADM provides visibility into all certificates deployed across multiple instances.
- You can select which certificates are expiring and automate certificate renewals.
- Policies can be set and enforced around types of certificates and signing authorities that are permitted.
- You can also download the SSL certificates for renewal and upload them later.
To download SSL certificates:
Navigate to Networks > SSL Dashboard in the Citrix ADM GUI.
On SSL Dashboard page, click the total number of SSL certificates in any of the graph.
On the SSL Certificates page, click the crtifiacte that you wan to download. For example you want to download the one that is expiring in the next one week.
From the Select Action list box, select Download.
The certificate downloads to your system.
To export the report of this dashboard:
To export the report of this page, click the Export icon on the top right side of this page. On the Export page, you can do one of the following:
Select Export Now tab. To view and save the report in PDF, JPEG, PNG, or CSV format.
Select Schedule Export tab. To schedule the report daily, weekly, or monthly and send the report over email or slack message.
- If you select Weekly recurrence, ensure that you select the weekdays on which you want the report to be scheduled.
- If you select Monthly recurrence, ensure that you enter all the days that you want the report to be scheduled separated by commas.