Microsoft Azure Certifications Explained – A Deep Dive for IT Professionals in 2020

It’s common knowledge, or at least should be, that certifications are the most effective way for IT professionals to climb the career ladder and it’s only getting more important in an increasingly competitive professional marketplace. Similarly, cloud-based technologies are experiencing unparalleled growth and the demand for IT professionals with qualifications in this sector are growing rapidly. Make 2020 your breakthrough year – check out this free upcoming webinar hosted by two Microsoft cloud experts to plan your Azure certification strategy in 2020. 

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Convert a certificate to PFX (GoDaddy, unable to load private key)

Scenario

You’ve successfully received a SSL-certificate from GoDaddy or any other providers, and then tried to convert a crt/p7b certificate to PFX which has been required by Azure services (Application Gateway or App Service, for instance)

When you convert the cert by using the openssl you also get the following error:

unable to load private key
24952:error:0909006C:PEM routines:get_name:no start line:crypto\pem\pem_lib.c:745:Expecting: ANY PRIVATE KEY

Solution

You should check the .key file encoding.

Carry out the following steps: open the .key file with Visual Studio Code or Notepad++ and verify that the .key file has UTF-8 encoding. In my case, the file had UTF-8 with BOM encoding, so I saved the file with just UTF-8, and then tried the conversion again:

openssl pkcs12 -export -in cert.crt -inkey privatekey.key -out pfxname.pfx

In addition, make sure that .key file has a valid scheme:

-----BEGIN PRIVATE KEY-----
Cipher here
-----END PRIVATE KEY-----

Easy peasy, but troubleshooting could break you mind 🙂