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Setting up a Certificate Authority

Hi Everyone,

I'm setting up access for our users to access their corporate when they're traveling, through Web Outlook in Windows 2003 SBS's Remote Workspace.  I'd like to set up a security certificates system for it.  Can I use Windows 2003 's Certificate Server?  Or do I need to subscribe to a 3rd party (and if so, any good recommendations)?  Are these 2 even the same category?

Any assistance is appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Theodosios
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waynewilliamsCommented:
If you are using SBS 2003 then you can just run the "Configure Email & Connect to the Internet" wizard and it will create a self-signed certificate for you to use.  You can run this by going to the Server Management console and then clicking on "Internet & Email" then "Connect to the Internet".  Follow all the prompts and when asked for a web server name make sure you enter a fully-qualified domain name like mail.yourdomain.com.  Also, make sure your domain hosters have the DNS record for mail.yourdomain.com to point to your public IP.

If you want to use a full trusted SSL certificate then you will need to register for one with a company like Thawte or Godaddy.com and then install it in IIS on your server.  Instructions here:

http://www.digwin.com/view/how-to-install-a-public-3rd-party-ssl-certificate-on-iis-on-sbs-2003


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Patrick49erCommented:
I would use a 3rd party, such as Comodo.  The following is an article on this subject with other useful links.  Just pay attention to the Exchange server.  This is relevant for 2007, which I don't see that you specified your Exchange version.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929395

From my experience, you need to have a Unified Communications Certificate.  If you don't, then you will have issues with Autodiscover.
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