Installing a Server Certificate

To set up Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security on the server, you must install a server certificate issued by a certificate authority (CA). See Related Topics links, below, for links to some well-known CAs, or use a private CA, such as Windows 2000 Server Certificate Services.

In addition, you can set up client certificates to provide user authentication so that users will not have to provide user names and passwords when they connect. You must have set up SSL on the server before you can set up client certificates, although you could use the demonstration certificate for this purpose. For information about the demonstration certificate, see SSL Certificates.

To obtain and install a server certificate on an MCS server or server cluster
  1. Create a certificate request for a server certificate and submit the certificate request to a certificate authority (CA).

  2. When you receive your server certificate, copy the files to an accessible location.

  3. In the MCS left pane, point to Services and then click Security.

  4. Under Security, click Security Services.

    The Security Services - General page appears in the right pane of the MCS window.

  5. In the Security Services - Configuration page, to navigate to the location to which you copied your certificate files, choose Install.

  6. In the Open dialog box, navigate to the location where you placed your certificate files.

  7. Select a certificate file and choose OK.

    The Choose Private Key dialog box is displayed.

  8. Select a private key and choose OK.

    After installation, your certificate is displayed in the Security Services: Configuration page under Site Certificate.

  9. To add the CA certificate for your server certificate, choose Add.

    Certificate authorities contained in the CA certificate are displayed under Trusted Certificate Authorities.

  10. Choose Save.

Related Topics
Bullet Security Services, Overview
Bullet SSL Certificates
Bullet Installing a Personal Certificate
Bullet Configuring Security Services
Bullet Obtaining a Certificate from thawte.com
Bullet Obtaining a Certificate from verisign.com
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