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Using a Self Sign Certificate with Remote Web Access on Windows Server Essentials 2012

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Hi,

I have setup and installed a Windows Server Essentials 2012 server. I would like to allow the users to use Remote Web Access to access their machines remotely. However, I have found that the ability to do this using a Self Signed Certificate is either very tricky or now not supported.

Can anyone make any recommendations on how to go about doing this? Unfortunately, using a Trusted Certificate is out of the question as the customer does not want to pay for one.

Thanks,

Sam
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by:skullnobrains
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the users will see a warning message whenever they try to conect and the https will not be displayed as secure (usually green in the address bar).

you can remove the warning message by installing the certificate permanently on the users computers. you can deploy a certificate authority or a specific certificate through GPO
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by:David L. Hansen
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You can make your own fully "Trusted Certificate" without paying one of the commercial providers.

Take a look here:
http://www.digitallycreated.net/Blog/38/using-makecert-to-create-certificates-for-development

This was good too:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13616709/how-to-make-and-deploy-a-self-signed-clickonce-manifest-with-visual-studio-2012

I was trying to sign code when I found these...so you'll see that those sites speak to that scenario; however, the creation of the certificate is that same for what you are doing.
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by:Rsilva98
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Self signed certs are not supported on Essentials.
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Hello TriumphLTD,
You can use remotewebaccess.com. It is free..
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2012/Q_28080487.html 

Regards,
Jarda
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by:TriumphLTD
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Thanks for the responses..

The problem I am facing is that the certificate is showing 'InternalDomainName.ServerName.Local' Instead of 'Remote.ExternalDomainName'.

Thank you sl8rz, I will take a look at those links. In the meantime, does anyone know how to create an SSC that uses 'Remote.ExternalDomainName'?

Thanks
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Thanks for the comments.

Do you guys have any experience with the remotewebaccess.com vanity domain?

On this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj635067.aspx it states that a trusted certificate is needed. Do you know if this is generated as part of the service and is there any cost implications?

Thanks,

Sam
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by:Jaroslav Latal
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Hello TriumphLTD,
remotewebaccess.com with SSL is free. You just need to run setup form dashboard (Settings, Anywhere Access).
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Jarda
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