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How do I set-up a Web Server Certificate on a W2003 SBS R2 system.

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I am installing W2003 SBS R2 for the first time and am trying to get the internet connection set-up.  I have entered the DNS servers, but am stuck on screen that is requiring me to setup a web server certificate.  My option is to either setup a web server certificate or to use a trusted certificate.  I have never had to do this before and am confused on what I need to do.  I am setting this up for a client that has simple internet connection needs and don't want to make a mistake in the setup that will take me hours to correct.   I would appreciate your help and realize that this may be a basic question that I am simply not understanding.  Can someone tell me exactly what I need to do and/or type in this field.  My server is called Server1 and I have a local DNS name.  Is this what I use?  Do I need to contact the ISP for setup help?  I contacted Adelphia (which is what I use at home) and they said there are no settings and they do not support servers?  I need expert help to get past this setup problem.  I thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
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The certificate that is setup in this process will be a home grown certificate. These are not trusted by external machines, so if you intend to use the server for remote access you will need to change that.

Create the certificate using a host that is publicly available - so host.domain.com for example and complete the wizard.
You will then need to get whoever looks after your domain name to create a host and point it at your static IP address. On your router open port 443 and divert it to your SBS server.

I would then suggest replacing the certificate with a paid for certificate. GoDaddy do certificates for US$20 a year which are fine if you have a .com/.net/.org domain. They have instructions on their site on how to apply for the certificate. You will need to remove the existing certificate - which I believe is on their site as well.

Simon.
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