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Install SSL Certificate on Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Certificate Authority will issue your SSL certificate via email after validating your request that you created Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for Exchange Server 2016. You will receive a zip file that contains the primary SSL certificate (.cer), root, and intermediate certificate. You can install an SSL certificate using GUI Console or Command Line Interface.

Now, you should unzip and save those files on your Exchange server 2016. Let’s follow the steps below to install Exchange Server SSL Certificate with the Exchange Admin Center (EAC), Which is a Web-based management console for managing Exchange Server environments.

  • Browse and login to the Exchange Admin Center (EAC) >> Click on Servers >> Certificates >> Select Exchange server for which certificate request is pending. Click on “Complete” link on the right side pane.

exchange admin center for ssl installation

  • Enter the UNC path of the certificate file and click “OK”.

complete pending request

  • Now, the certificate will appear with valid status.

Exchange 2016 Assign SSL Certificate

  • Your certificate has been installed successfully.

Assign services to installed SSL certificate:

  • Browse again Servers >> Certificate. Select the server on which the SSL certificate should be enabled.

assigning services to installed ssl certificate

  • Choose SSL certificate and click on Edit Icon (Pencil Icon).

choose ssl certificate

  • Now, select services you want to assign to the current certificate like SMTP, IMAP, POP, and IIS.

select services to current ssl

  • Click Save. Click on the warning while signing SMTP service and click the “Yes” button.

overwrite default smtp

Check SSL Installation:

You can verify the SSL certificate installed on Exchange Server with an SSL installation checker that will show you certificate details including common name, certain Validity period, Key pair, Issuer brand, Validation Type, Server, etc.

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