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Status Functionality already exists
Created by Guest
Created on Apr 30, 2021

Using custom apic-ingress-ca certificates for API Manager GUI

We are running API Connect EUS version on CP4I EUS version on Openshift 4.6.21 on Azure cloud.

As part of our internal security requirements, we wish to replace the default cert-manager generated API Manager GUI (https://apic-mgmt-api-manager-apic.cpi.qa.ocp.tine.no/manager/) certificate "apic-ingress-ca" with a custom certificate which is signed by our internal PKI system. The certificate we wish to use already has a CN=*.cpi.qa.ocp.tine.no which is set on Openshift ingress, in other words, when a user is logging in to API Manager, they shouldn't have to trust multiple certificates in order to be allowed in, not to mention the security risk of using a self-signed IBM generated/cert manager generated certificate in the value chain.

We need this feature/functionality on our EUS/long term release of CP4I in case this fixed in a future version of API Connect.


Example steps for using a custom certificate for common services management ingress endpoint for reference: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSGT7J_20.4/cert-manager/3.x.x/cert_mgmt_ingress.html#rep_cs360


Idea priority Urgent
  • Guest
    Oct 24, 2022

    Sadly we had to spend a lot of consultant hours to make this work due to poor documentation from the IBM side. Reference PMR TS010780695. Not sure when the documentation will be fixed.

    The official documentation "Bring your own CA Certificate" DOES NOT work - https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-paks/cp-integration/2022.2?topic=services-using-commonservice-custom-resource

    This is the documentation which works, the second link is not part of CP4I:

    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cpfs?topic=operator-replacing-foundational-services-endpoint-certificates

    https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-paks/1.0?topic=ac-custom-cloud-pak-platform-ui-zen-route-certificates


  • Admin
    Andy Garratt
    Oct 21, 2022

    Hi Abu, we're moving this to ''Functionality already exists" as hopefully James's solution is working for you. If this is not the case, please let us know and we'll re-open the idea.

  • Admin
    Andy Garratt
    Sep 16, 2022

    Hi Abu, thanks for this update - please let us know how it's going.

  • Guest
    Sep 2, 2022

    The storage is no longer an issue. We are soon going to try to apply a custom certificate to common services to see if the API Connect is able to pick them, will keep you posted.

  • Admin
    Andy Garratt
    Sep 2, 2022

    Hi Abu - just reviewing this idea - is James's response what you're neeeding?

  • Admin
    James Hewitt
    May 20, 2022

    If you use something like an NFS storage class or rook to provide an RWX storage class it will work on Azure just fine.

    We also now have pre-release instructions for how to work around the need for RWX on any cluster, which I've passed on. This information will be added to the documentation when we're happy that we have sufficiently tested it.

  • Guest
    Apr 29, 2022

    Do you know if the RWX for zen is successfully tested by IBM to work on Openshift on Azure cloud?

  • Admin
    Andy Garratt
    Apr 29, 2022

    Hi Abu, we are working on reducing the dependency of RWX but there isn't an ETA date at the moment - we'll update this idea when we have one.

  • Guest
    Apr 8, 2022

    That should meet the requirement. However, in order to deploy zen, we are waiting for the IBM team to remove the dependency on the zen storage of type RWX (file) as we had huge challenges deploying it on Azure (Azure-files provides RWX). We were told that they may move to using a block storage (RWO) soon, is there an ETA on this?

  • Admin
    Andy Garratt
    Apr 8, 2022

    Hi Abu,

    We're reviewing this idea and we believe that this is now available in the "Zen" releases of the cloud pak (June 2021 onwards) - this will also be available in the next EUS/LTS release of the pak.


    Could you confirm if this meets your requirements or if there is anything else needed by your idea?