Install Godaddy SSL Certificate Into A 2010 Exchange

We got a notification from Godaddy that our SSL has been renewed and is ready to be downloaded and installed. This download will not work you will need to Re-key, wait for verification ( 30 minutes ), and install this new certificate.

  • Log into the Exchange Console and click on “New Exchange Certificate“.
  • Give the new cert a name. I prefer to match the domian the cert is for such as “mail.mydomain.com“. If the common name doesn’t match the certificate name you will get warnings when you visit the page.
  • We often don’t use the “wildcard” feature, so we leave it blank.
  • In the Exchange Configuration page we set the following settings.
    • Client Access Server ( Exchange Active Sync )
      Check “enable” and use “mail.mydomain.com“.
    • Client Access Server (Web Services, Outlook Anywhere, and Autodiscover)
      Check “Enable Web Services is enabled“.
      Check “Outlook Anywhere is enabled
      External host name for your organization
      remote.domain.com, mail.domain,com
      Check “Autodiscover used on the Internet
      Check “Short URL
      Autodiscover URL
      remote.domain.com
    • Client Access Server (POP/IMAP)
      Don’t check anything. We don’t use these anymore, but you can if you need it.
    • Unified Message Server
      Do not check this.
    • Hub Transport Server
      Leave these unchecked.
    • Legacy Exchange Server
      Leave unchecked.
  • Click Next
  • Certificate Domains
    Verify the Domains and click next.
  • Organization and Location – Just fill out the company information
  • In the Certificate Configuration verify the “CN” or “Common name” is “mail.mydomain.com” and click “New“.  The certificate will complete, but it will take up to an hour to be verified. After that you can download it from Godaddy.
  • Log into the Godaddy account and to the Certificates area. Find the Cert you are looking for, select the type, and hit download.
  • Unzip the download.
  • Go back to the Exchange server, select the “pending” cert, and click on the “Complete Pending Request”.
  • Hit browse to find the “.crt” file. You will need to change file type to “All Files(*.*)
  • Select your “.crt” file and hit the “open” button.
  • Hit the complete button.
  • You can now go back to the Exchange Server and assign Services such as IIS, SMTP to the cert.

 

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Is Google Ranking Websites With SSL higher?

We have been hearing about this since the beginning of the year, and yes we are hearing this from our hosting companies. We used Sucuri a number of times to have a some nasty website attacks cleaned up. They have also recently paired up with some hosting companies such as SiteGround because of the number of attacks across the web.

I watched a recent webinar from Sucuri and they are saying it is true that Google will make your site less important in their search results if you are not using an SSL. This is for straight HTML sites as well as an CMS ECommerce site.

The cost for an SSL is around $100 per year. Installing the SSL and configuring your website to work with the SSL takes a bit of work, but we are use to it. If you are interested in upgrading your site security and need some help feel free to contact us.

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