It’s important to secure the Exchange Server with an SSL certificate. We have an SSL certificate that we like to import in Exchange 2016. How to install a certificate in Exchange 2016? There are two ways to do that. One way is installing the certificate in Exchange Admin Center. The other way is to install Exchange certificate with PowerShell. In this article, we are going to import certificate in Exchange 2016 using the Exchange Admin Center.
Do you have more then one Exchange Server running in the organization? You can use the same certificate for other Exchange Servers.
Import certificate in Exchange 2016
Create a shared folder and place the SSL certificate in the folder. Make sure to assign permissions to the folder. For example the SYSTEM account. If you don’t give permissions, you are not able to import the certificate and an error will show up.
Log in to the Exchange Admin Center. Click servers in the feature pane and click certificates in the tabs. Click … (More options) and select Import Exchange Certificate.
A new window will show up. Insert the path to the Exchange certificate. Fill in the password field. If there is no password configured for the certificate, you can leave it empty. Click Next.
Click + (Add) to select the Exchange Server.
Select the Exchange Server, in my example EX01-2016. This is the server where the new certificate is going to be installed. Click Add and OK.
The certificate is imported in Exchange Server 2016. The next step is to assign the certificate to the Exchange services.
Assign Exchange services to certificate
Click on the imported certificate and follow with the Edit icon.
Click services in the left menu. Specify the Exchange services to assign this certificate to. In my example, the services SMTP, IMAP and IIS are checked. Click Save.
A warning is showing if you want to overwrite the existing certificate. Click Yes.
Click the certificate in the list view. See the assigned services in the details pane. It’s assigned to the services that we selected.
In the next step, we are going to check the secured SSL certificate on the Exchange Server.
Test imported Exchange 2016 certificate
Go to Outlook Web Access (OWA) URL or Exchange Admin Center (EAC) URL. You can verify that the website is secure.
The certificate is successfully imported in Exchange Server 2016. Did it help you to install the certificate in Exchange 2016?
In this article, you learned how to import certificate in Exchange 2016. Place the certificate in a shared folder before starting the import wizard in Exchange Admin Center. When the certificate is imported, you’re not done. That’s because the new certificate needs to be assigned to the Exchange services. After assigning the services, verify the certificate by browsing to the OWA URL in your favorite browser.
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