Issuing your own free certificate guide

Microsoft Windows server 2003
January 27, 2010 at 07:28:00
Specs: Windows 2003 server, C2D 2.4Ghz / 2GB RAM
Since a lot of people have asked about this in the past, I just wanted to give you an alternative to buying a certificate from for example Thawte or Verisign. If you only need a cert for your own users, i.e. no public certificate, then this way is a ok. The difference is that Thawte and Verisign (among others) are trusted by most web browsers by default. Your own issued one will not be by default, but you can add it to trusted root CA's and it'll work just as good.

This is a PDF document that I put together, and it focuses on creating a certificate for use with mail access, i.e. Outlook Web Access or between Outlook client and Exchange on the local network.

Thanks for the first part of guide!

Have fun!

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February 7, 2010 at 05:53:08
Use the SelfSSL tool from the IIS resource kit. Its 1 line syntax that takes all of 5 seconds to type and voila self signed cert without having to bother setting up a CA. Additionally if you want free Certs Comodo do free digital ID's.

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