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SBS2011 Sites Certificate Expiring

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Hi all,
I have an SBS2011 server and the sites certificate is expiring. It is self certified by the local server.

When logged in as the domain admin I get the attached error when I try to renew it.

2 questions

1. Since I am logged in as the domain admin, what other rights do I need to renew this?
2. How can I tell if this is being used for anything? I'm not sure this is even being used for anything, so if its not perhaps it doesn't matter if its renewed or not?

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Question by:ChiIT
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by:Andy M
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Did you do this in the SBS console?

Renewing a self-signed SSL certificate in SBS should be a case of running the relevant wizard rather than manually trying to do this. I believe (from memory) the process is something like:

   Open the SBS Console
    Click on Network
    Click on Connectivity tab
    Click on 'Fix My Network' in the right-hand action pane
    Let the wizard search for problems.
    One of the problems it should find is the expired certificate.
    Clear all the checkboxes except the certificate one and click Next

This will then re-issue a new self signed certificate on the server.
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by:ChiIT
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Thank you for the quick response Andy. I have not, it expires in 2 days, will the fix my network work before it expires?
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by:Andy M
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To be honest I can't remember off the top of my head (we don't generally use self-signed certificates any more so haven't done this in a couple of years) - I would have thought it would pick up that the certificate is due to expire shortly and give a warning on it.
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by:ChiIT
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I just went to the console/connectivity tab. There is only 1 certificate listed there and that one is an 3rd party cert that I know is valid and it says its trusted, so the self signed "sites" cert is not there.

I can give that a try to see if it finds it anyway, but do you know what that "sites" cert is for? I think it's a default SBS2011 installed but not sure if its used.
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Resolved by myself, the Sites cert is the default cert thats get installed with SBS2011. It was not being used so in my case does not need to be renewed.
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by:ChiIT
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I resolved myself, researched the sites cert, it is the default cert that is installed with SBS2011, it was not being used in my case so did not need to be renewed.
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