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I keep getting a certificate error when accessing server 2008 TS locally

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I just installed server 2008 to test in our environment.  When I go to https:\\server2008\ts, I get a certificate error there is a problem with this sites security certificate.  I just click continue.  Everything works until I try to run a remote program then I get the certificate mismatch name error.  I added the cert opn the server 2008, but it seems like the name is wrong.  Any ideas?
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You might want to type in the whole link like https://Server08.tricountyhospital.org

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Doing it that way I was able to browse to the site with out getting the certificate error, but it still errors out when I try to connect to a remote app.
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What is the error on remote app?  Maybe you need to set your default url or default path in remote app??  Just a thought!
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the error is the screen shot.  It says there is a name mismatch on the cert.  Since that is happening it wont connect.
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Try to go to your browser and delete all those certificates cached and re-enter the site again!
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The problem is my self signed certificate says server08.tricountyhospital.org.  I am able to access remote programs when I go into the remote connection settings and change it to server08.tricountyhospital.org.  is there any way to change that to just server08 so i dont have to go the the FQDN all the time?
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The problem you are seeing is two-fold. The first issue is the FQDN on the certificate; if this does not match, the system you are connecting from will deem the connection unsafe and throw an error. The second issue is your certificate is a self-signed certificate, meaning most machines will automatically distrust it, once again deeming the connection insecure.

Your best option would be to purchase and install an SSL certificate from a trusted certification authority. This will eliminate both issues. You could use a SAN (Subject Alternate Name) certificate if you wished to address your server by more than one name, such as its FQDN and its NetBIOS (server08) name. Use https://domainsforexchange.net/ for cheap SAN SSL certificates; although it states it's for Exchange Servers, their certificates work equally as well for any other application requiring a certificate.

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ya I figured that.  I was able to get it to work for testing purposes for now.  if we stick with the software we will purchase teh cert.  Thanks
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You would need to re-generate the SSL certificate internally (meaning you will need a Certification Authority installed) in order to eliminate the error at this stage. If it is purely a test environment, I'd suggest you simply ignore the error for now.

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thanks for your help
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