How to install an SSL certificate on  MS Exchange

How to install an SSL certificate on MS Exchange

When choosing your SSL certificate, it’s better to check with your web host or IT department to make sure you’re choosing the right option for your entire business. This article is the fourth and last in a series of articles designed to help you how to install an SSL certificate.

Step 1: Generate a certificate request (CSR)

The first step is to generate a certificate request (CSR) on your server before you can purchase and install an SSL certificate. This file contains public key and keyserver information. It is required to generate the private key

  • Open the Exchange Management Console. Once the program loads, click on the “Manage databases” link located in the center of the window.
  • Select “Server Configuration“. Click on the “New Exchange Certificate” link in the “Actions” list on the right side of the screen.
  • Enter a memorable name for the certificate.
  • Enter your configuration information. Exchange should automatically select the correct services, but if it doesn’t, you can configure them yourself. Check that all the services that need to be protected are selected.
  • Enter your business information: your two-digit country code, state or province, city, business name, department, and domain name.
  • Enter a location and name for the CSR file that will be generated. Take note of this location, you will need it when ordering the certificate.

After creating the CSR in the MS Exchange 2016 server, you need to order a UCC SSL certificate for your Microsoft Exchange 2016 server, and then submit your CSR generated during the setup process.

step 2: Create a Certificate Snap-in

  • First, click on start button and open run window.
  • Type MMC (Microsoft Management Console) and click OK.
  • You will have the mmc screen, click on File in the menu bar and select Add/Remove Snap-in.
  • Now, select Certificates in Add/Remove Snap-in and click Add tab.
  • Select Computer Account and click Next button.
  • Select Local Computer and click on Finish button.
  • In the Snap-ins list window, click Close.
  • In the Add/Remove Snap-in window, click OK
  • Save these settings for future.

Step 3: Install the Intermediate CA certificate

  • Now, from the left panel, Right click on Intermediate Certificate Authorities
  • Click on All Tasks > Import
  • In the certificate import window, click Next button.
  • Browse Intermediate certificate and click Next button.
  • Select Place all certificates in the following store and choose Intermediate Certification Authorities from Select Certificate Store window.
  • In the Certificate Import Wizard window, click Next button.
  • Click Finish, Click OK
  • Close the MMC window, and then click No to remove the MMC console settings.

Step  4: Install SSL certificate on MS Exchange 2016

After installing intermediate SSL certificate on MS exchange server 2013 / 2016, you need to install primary SSL certificate on the server for which you can follow below procedure.

  • Now, access Exchange Admin Center and use domain/username and password to log-in.

  • On the left side of the server screen, click on Servers and then click on Certificates tab on top of the right side.
  • You will have a certificate with friendly name, select the certificate (showing pending request) and click on Complete on the right side column.

  • In next screen, enter the network path of your located certificate and click on OK.


  • Now, enable the certificate by going back to the certificate section of the Exchange Admin, click on the edit button for highlighted certificate.

  • You will have a screen where you have to click on Services tab on the left side, it will give you options of different services that you wish to enable. Click on save button.


See the articles on installing SSL certificates on Microsoft server, Plesk, Apache on the blog of your Oxabox web host.

  1. How to install an SSL certificate on Microsoft Internet Information Service (IIS)
  2. How to install an SSL certificate on Apache
  3. How to install an SSL certificate on Plesk

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