Depending on the circumstances, PingDirectory Server uses one of the following certificates:

  • Inter-server certificate – Used for internal purposes, like the following examples:
    • Replication authentication
    • Inter-server authentication in the topology registry
    • Reversible password encryption
    • Encrypted backups and LDIF exports
  • Server certificate – Presented by the server when a client uses a protocol like LDAPS or HTTPS to initiate a secure connection. A client must trust the server's certificate to obtain a secure connection to it.

The following sections describe these certificates in more detail.