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Debug Message: Cert not valid yet

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Article ID: KB5159 KB Last Updated: 30 Jul 2020Version: 7.0
Summary:
Debug Message: Cert not valid yet
Symptoms:
Environment:
  • VPN using Certificates

Symptoms & Errors:
  • Debug Message: Cert not valid yet
  • Traffic not passing through VPN
Solution:

This is a symptom of the system clock on the Firewall, if the firewall is behind the clock on the CA server.  Make sure the timing of the CA server matches that of the Firewall.  As long as the Firewall's clock is ahead of the CA server, you should not get this message.  

Suggestion:
Set up the CA server and the Firewall using NTP (best scenario is if they are in the same time zone).  Make sure the global time is nearly the same, and if possible, make sure the Firewall clock is equal or ahead of the CA clock.  When calculating time, try converting the time to GMT.  For example, in California, the GMT zone is -8.

Modification History:
2020-07-30: Article reviewed for accuracy; no changes required.

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