oof! thanks. I'd actually browsed that therad a few days ago and it was gone from memory.
I did have a go at the info you linked to, very nice and I thank you. Hope I didn't mess anything up too bad while I was in there aping all that stuff
It generated the key for me but had all kind of errors relating to the config file, couldn't find it. I used
/home/username/opt/LocalCA/LocalCA.cnf (yes I did create the config file and put it right thar)
... was wondering if it because of my lack of unique IP address that it was not found?
thanks for the pointers, and forgive the ignorance =)