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Certificate Principle Mismatch on Exchange 2003

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I ran the Exchange 2003 best practices Analyzer and it told me that my SSL certificate is mismatched. How do I go about fixing this. I just renewed my SSL certificate with GoDaddy so I am to assume all I need to do is generate a new certificate for the OWA website. The certificate that was generated was for mail.domainname.com yet when I look in Exhcange it shows domainname.com. Doesn't the certificate need to match the mail.domainname.com for OWA or does it need to match the domainname.com that is listed in Exchange?

My next question is how do I get the CSR to generate the certificate to be applied to the Exchange server?
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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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Ignore that error.
For some reason the BPA checks the root of your domain for an SSL certificate and throws an error if there is an issue. The root of the domain probably points elsewhere (like your public web site) so has no effect on the operation of the Exchange server.

Simon.
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Well that is good to know. Now how do you get the CSR so I can get my new certificate installed on the server?

Thanks for all your help.
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Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 500 total points
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As this is Exchange 2003 you will need to use the wizard in IIS Manager. If you have a current certificate that you want to use in the meantime (As it hasn't expired) then you will need to create a dummy web site as a place holder, because you have to remove the existing SSL certificate before you can create a new request. Once the request has been completed and the certificate installed, you can switch the certificates in IIS manager and then delete the dummy web site.

Full instructions are here: http://support.godaddy.com/help/article/5277/generating-a-certificate-signing-request-csr-iis-5-and-6

Simon.
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