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How to create or renew a self signed root certificate on an Intel Mac X serve

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OK, I configured and installed our Xserve last year. I don't recall anything special that I did to create this certificate. Our server is acting just as a file server, with no outside access, no web, no mail. The only services I have running are: AFP / NetBoot / Open Directory / Print / SMB / Software update.

Questions: is there really a need to renew or recreate one? What would happen if I don't?

If  I have to renew, is it as simply selecting the gear (in Server Admin,name of server,Certificates)a
 and choosing "Replace Certificate With Signed Or Renewed Certificate.....)
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Is this what you followed:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=ServerAdmin/10.4/en/c4ms11.html

It all depends on how you've used the certificate?
If you've not used it , there is no point in renewing it.
Are you using SSL with the open directory? And is this where the certificate is being used?
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3745?viewlocale=en_US

If you do use certificates and it expires, the system that access will complain that the certificate has expired.
If you generate a new self signed certificate, you will get the same issue where the client systems in the LAN will complain that the certificate can not be verified (until you add the new certificate to each systems keychain as a trusted CA).
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Great summary.
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