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SSL Installation Guideline for Microsoft Exchange 2010

Step By Step Information for Microsoft Exchange 2010 SSL Installation

If you have not yet completed the procedure of generating a CSR for issuing an SSL certificate, please follow this link to access a stepwise procedure.

For Exchange Management Console:

Step 1 – Download and open the '.zip' file containing your certificate, named as your_domain_name.cer.

Step 2 – Copy this file to your Exchange server.

Step 3 – Go to 'Start' menu and click on 'Programs' and from that list, choose 'Microsoft Exchange 2010. Now, select 'Exchange Management Console'.

Step 4 – Go to 'Server Configuration' after clicking on 'Manage Databases'.

Step 5 – Choose your certificate by clicking on it from the menu presented on the screen. All certificates are listed here by their 'Friendly Names'. Next, click on 'Complete Pending Request' on the right side of the screen as shown in the figure.

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Step 6 – Click on Open > Complete after browsing to your certificates. Exchange 2010 may display an error message like "The source data is corrupted or not properly Base64 encoded." You need to proceed by ignoring that message.

To refresh the certificate, press F5 and make sure it says 'False' under 'Self-Signed'. If it still displays 'True', you may want to check for incorrect certificate selection or a request generated for a different server. To fix this problem, create a new CSR on this Exchange server or re-issue the certificate.

Step 7 – Return to the 'Exchange Management Console' to enable your certificate for use. Now, click on 'Assign Services to Certificate'.

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Step 8 – From the provided list, select your server and click on 'Next'.

Step 9 – Now select the services which you wish to enable, and then click on 'Next'. After that click on Assign> Finish.

This installs your certificate and enables you to use it with Exchange.

Installing with Command Line Interface

Please run the following command, if you wish to install your SSL certificate by using an Exchange Powershell:

mport-ExchangeCertificate -FileData ([Byte[]]$(Get-Content -Path c:\your_domain_name.p7b -Encoding byte -ReadCount 0)) | Enable-ExchangeCertificate -Services "IIS,POP,IMAP,SMTP"

The Enable-ExchangeCertificate portion in the command above helps you specify only the desired services.

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