Deploying a Self-signed SSL Certificate

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During the installation of MailStore Server, an SSL certificate is generated which is used by all MailStore components if an encrypted connection is to be established. Because the certificate is issued to the server name MailStoreServer and does not originate from a trusted certification authority (CA), is not trusted by the client side.


Because of this, the following warning message appears when calling up MailStore Web Access via HTTPS (SSL):


This article describes the option to deploy self-signed certificates using a group policy. An alternative is to use officially signed SSL certificates issued by your own company CA or a public certificate provider, such as VeriSign or eTrust, which is described in chapter Using Your Own SSL Certificate.

To configure MailStore Server and your clients for using a self-signed certificate, please proceed as described in the following.

Creating a Self-Signed Certificate

The self-signed certificate created during the installation of MailStore Server is issued by the server name MailStoreServer.

If the DNS host name of the server does not correspond to MailStoreServer and if no corresponding A- or CNAME record exists on the DNS server, first a new self-signed certificate with the appropriate host name must be created. Please proceed as follows:

  • Open the MailStore Server Service Configuration.
  • Click on IP Addresses and Ports.
  • Click on the button next to the field Server Certificate and select Create Self-Signed Certificate...
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  • As name for the new certificate, enter the server name at which the MailStore server can be reached, e.g. mailstore.mydomain.local, and click on OK.
  • If necessary, replace all additional server certificates with the new certificate. To do so, click on the button next to the Server Certificate field and select Select from Certificate Store...

Deploying a Self-Signed Certificate

Before the self-signed certificate can be deployed, it must be exported from the current certificate store. Please proceed as follows:

  • Open the MailStore Server Service Configuration.
  • Click on IP-Adressen and Ports.
  • Click on the certificate.
  • Open the Details tab.
  • Click on Copy to File.
  • Follow the instructions of the certificate export wizard to export the certificate without the private key in DER encoded format into a file.

Once the certificate has been exported to a file, create a group policy as described in chapters MailStore Client Deployment or MailStore Outlook Add-in Deployment and to deploy the certificate customize it as follows:

  • Open the group policy object using the Group Policy Management Editor of your Windows server.
  • Expand the Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Public Key Policies.
  • Right-click on Trusted Root Certification Authorities and select Import....
  • Follow the instructions of the certificate import wizard to import the certificate from the file.
  • Under Public Key Policies open the properties of the Certificate Services Client - Auto-Enrollment
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  • Change the Configuration Model to Enabled and click on OK.
  • Under Public Key Policies open the properties of the Certificate Path Validation Settings.
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  • Place a checkmark next to Define these policy settings and click OK.

The group policy will be enabled once the workstation is restarted.

About MailStore

  • MailStore Server is one of the leading email archiving solutions for SMB.
  • For private use there is a free tool for email archiving furthermore: MailStore Home.