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April 2009, Vol. 1

Obtaining and verifying SSL certificates in Exchange Server

Many of the security features that are built into Exchange Server rely on SSL. Understanding and implementing SSL concepts is required for proper Exchange infrastructure management.  SSL certificates are not new. When we buy something online, we frequently see the padlock icon in our browsers. This indicates that we're conducting our transactions over a secure, or SSL-enabled, connection that encrypts our data. Much of the functionality and many of the security features built into Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007 rely on SSL. For example, Outlook Web Access (OWA), Outlook Anywhere, mobile devices and Macintosh computers are already configured to use SSL for basic security and functionality. Therefore, having knowledge of SSL concepts as well as the method to actually implement SSL has become a requirement for properly managing your infrastructure. A trusted certificate is one that a recognized certification authority (CA), such as Verisign, Thawte, GoDaddy and others, has created. Windows Server includes ...

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