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Creating a Self-Signed Certificate in Powershell

Tom Collins says ‘trust me’:

Use the Powershell cmdlet New-SelfSignedCertificate

Warning: I only ever use this method for testing purposes – never use for Production environments. A typical test would be for  SQL Server Network Encryption SSL Certificate Management

Encryption strategy  should be part of a wider review of Database Security Countermeasures against hacker attacks

For more details check the Microsoft documentation but here are some notes on some of the parameters  attached to the Powershell cmdlet – New-SelfSignedCertificate.

Read on to see how you can create the certificate and use it in SQL Server. Connections will complain (and rightfully so) about the self-signed certificate but you’ll be able to try functionality which requires a certificate in an environment in which you don’t have one available for whatever reason.

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