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After installing a CA and certificate, SSL OWA still has IE balking at an invalid certificate

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I have installed Exchange 2003, on the same server setup IIS(of course), and a Certificate Authority server.  I have created a certificate (msexchange.org/tutorials/SSL_Enabling_OWA_2003.html) and followed that article to a 'T'

However, I still get, with IE 7 that "There is a problem with this website's security certificate message.
Clicking on the continue link still gets me to where I have to be, but the session is still not encrypted (as evident my the missing yellow lock on the bottom of the IE window).  And I just don't want that screen to come up, just right to the logon screen.  Both my internal and external users point to the same URL for OWA - https://mail.domain.org/exchange - so my certificate was created using the name domain.org
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Just an idea, but certificates in IE generally require the use of the full server name, including the "mail" part of the name. Note that there are also sites that end with .co.uk, so just requiring the last two parts of the domain name would not be sufficient. Are you sure you don't have any encryption? Normally a socket will only accept or disallow SSL, and after accepting a certificate for an un-authenticated session, you would still have encryption left (this may depend on the SSL protocol used though).
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my mistake... I did have mail.domain.org in my certificate - created it with windows 2003 CA.  I'm not 100% sure I DON'T have encryption, but either way, still would like to get rid of the IE message before the logon screen.

Do I have to publish my domain/CA with a public entity??
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Actually, the web site you are following ends with the pop-up screen. You will have to import the root CA certificate you created into the different browsers certificate store for it not to pop up. You cannot publish your domain/CA with a public entity, what you can do is create a certificate request and send that to a trusted third party (e.g. Verizon). You can have a look at the root certificates currently stored in internet explorer. You will either have to get your root certificate into that list by importing it per browser (or a domain to distribute it) or use one of the services that already have their root certificate in that list.
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