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Creating an application in Venafi as a Service

What is an application?

Creating an application gives you the ability to manage all aspects of your business critical applications.

Applications are bundles of software that make up your site’s back end, from the operating system and web servers to APIs and programming frameworks. Each component provides a layer for their compatibility, and bundling them makes them easier to download and deploy all at once. The components of an Application can range from the general (an operating system) through to the specific (a particular PHP framework).

What are application tiers?

Suppose your company has an organizational unit (OU) called Mobile Banking. That OU could own various business critical applications (Applications) such as mobile payment and online banking. Each of these Applications can contain tiers within them, such as:

  • Web tier - the web server, or HTTP server (External)

  • Business tier - Application server (Internal)

  • Database tier - the database server (Internal)

Did you know?

The people who create and configure Applications are typically Resource Owner.

To create an application and assign it to an organizational unit

  1. In the menu bar, click Organization > Applications.

  2. Click New.

  3. In Add an Application, do the following:

    • Enter an Application Name for your new application.
    • (Optional) Enter a Description, which can be helpful to other users and teams who might need to know the purpose of your application.
    • (Optional) Select the Org unit to which your application is assigned.


      You can always add this later, especially if you've not yet created the Org Unit to which you'd assign your application.

    • Select Application Owners, which can be both individual users or teams.

    • Select one more more Certificate Issuing Templates.

      For Automated Secure Keypair

      To use Automated Secure Keypair, the template that you select must have a Key Pair Generation of either Venafi or user generate key pair or Venafi generated key pair.

    • In the Assignment field, type external FQDNs (hostname.domain.tld, such as, and internal FQDNs, IP addresses or ranges of addresses.


      If you don't know the FQDN or IP ranges, the application's name and owners are used as placeholders, then you can simply invite owners who can provide the details themselves.

  4. When you're finished, click Create.

    You'll see your new application on the Applications page.

    Click the Application's name to see details about and to edit it.

Last update: November 12, 2021