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How to get an SSL Certificate for a Server 2012 R2 Essentials Server configured with a .local domain?

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Hi,

We recently had a technician setup a new Microsoft Server 2012 R2 Essentials server for a client.  It all went well except for the domain name he chose for the network: domainName.local.   As you are no doubt aware, third party assigned SSL certificates can no longer be issued for .local TLDs so as a rule we've been using 'domainName.com'.

We've been told that changing the domain simply isn't practical and would require a server reinstall.

I'm wondering - given that this SSL certificate is only for remote access and RWW, can we not simply ADD a FQDN name to IIS (e.g. remote.acme.com) and get an SSL certificate for that?  IIS doesn't have a limited number of domains added to it.

Thanks!

Bob
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Essentials uses .local by default so that is perfectly normal (and acceptable.)

The essentials wizards let you select a different name for Anywhere Access (again, the wizard does this by default) and the certificate wizard generates the appropriate CSR. You can do this *all* from the essentials wizards, even sticking to their defaults. No tinkering with IIS required. And the certificate will have and use a normal .com name, no .local issues will arise.
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Perfect - many thanks for the quick answer
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