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How to Install an SSL Certificate in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (With Screenshots)

How to Install an SSL Certificate in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (With Screenshots)

With the increasing popularity as well as the need, SSL certificates are now becoming a prerequisite for any website that takes it’s users’ data security seriously. But mere purchase of an SSL certificate doesn’t make your website safe, it has to be installed properly on the web server if you want to reap all of it’s benefits.

As a SSL certificate provider, we’ve noticed over the time that most of our customers face problems while  installing SSL Certificates in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

Microsoft Exchange Server is a product from Microsoft which generally operates on Windows Server. It is a webmail server, scheduling/calendaring  software and contact manger. Till date many updated versions of  MES with numerous changes  have been released. The most dated version is Microsoft Exchange Server 1.0 and  the latest one is Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.  Exchange Server 2007  saw it’s official release on  April 25, 2006  and was especially suited for the business customers.

So here it is, a step-by-step  installation guide of installing an SSL certificate in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007:

Installing an SSL Certificate in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Process 1: Intermediate Certificate Installation

Step 1: Copy the contents of the  intermediate certificate you have received from the CA or any other SSL provider into a text file (like in Notepad) and save it with the extension .crt. Remember to remove all the spaces in between and also include the tags —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE—– and —–END CERTIFICATE—–. Please note that the use of Microsoft Word is strictly prohibited as it adds  new characters to the file.

Step 2: Start the Microsoft Management Console from the start menu by typing “MMC” in the run text box.

How to open Microsoft Management Console

Step 3: Go to the File menu and  click on “Add/Remove Snap-in”.

Add or remove Snap-in MMC

Step 4: Select the Certificates and click on the Add button.

Adding SSL Certificate in Microsoft Exchange 2007

Step 5: Select Computer Account, click Next.

installing-an-ssl-certificate-in-microsoft-exchange-server-2007

Step 6: Now Select Local Computer and Click the Finish button.

Install your SSL Certificates in Microsoft Exchange 2007

Step 7: Close “Add/Remove Snap-in” by clicking OK.

Step 8: Now expand the certificate (Local Certificate)  in the MMC window.

How to expand the local certicicate in mmc

Step 9: Right click on the Intermediate Certification Authorities > Mouse Over  All Tasks> Click on the Import.

Importing Intermediate SSL CertificatE In MMC

Step 10: Click Next in the Certificate Import Wizard.

Certificate Import Wizard

Step 11: Now Click on the Browse button to select the intermediate certificate file.

Browsing Intermediate SSL certificate in MMC

Step 12: Click on the Next button.

Process 2: SSL certificate installation

Step 1: On the Exchange Server, copy the .crt file (created in Step 1 of Process 1) to the C drive.

Step 2: Go to Start menu>Programs>Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and start the Exchange the Management Shell.

Step 3: In the shell run the following commands:

Import-ExchangeCertificate -Path C:\certificate_name.crt

Enable-ExchangeCertificate -Services “SMTP, IMAP, POP, IIS”

Please Note: The services can also include a combination  of IMAP, POP, UM, IIS and SMTP.

Step 4: To confirm that the SSL certificate is enabled run the following command: 

Get-ExchangeCertificate -DomainName  yourdomainname

Step 5: If your certificate is installed properly then after the execution of the above command you must be able to see the certificate’s thumbprint, services list and the certificate file name.

Step 6: If your certificate is not enabled then re-run the following Enable command with the certificate thumbprint:

Enable-ExchangeCertificate -Thumbprint [paste thumbprint here] -Services “SMTP, IMAP, POP, IIS”

Step 7: Reboot your exchange server.

Step 8: In order to test the certificate’s availability; connect to IE, Outlook or ActiveSync.

Your SSL Certificate installation on  Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is now complete.  I hope that this guide was useful to you.

If you’re facing any problems, please tell me in the comments section below.

Click here to see common errors people do while installing SSL Certificates on their website.

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