In a previous article, we examined the process of generating a certificate request for Exchange 2016. We then submitted that request to a certificate provider (affiliate). Now that the certificate provider has validated our identity and issued our certificate we are ready to move onto the next step.
In this article, we complete our certificate request. We explore how to accomplish this using the Exchange Admin Center and PowerShell.
Let’s get started!
Note: These steps are identical for Exchange 2013, 2016, and 2019.
Complete a Certificate Request with Exchange Admin Center
Log in to the Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Select the Servers tab and Certificates sub-tab.
Select your pending certificate request and click the Complete link from the action pane.
On the Complete Request window, type the UNC path to the location of the unpacked certificate.
Once the task completes the certificate will be listed as Valid in both the Status column and in the Status section in the action pane. Keep in mind that you will still need to assign services to the certificate before it will be live.
Complete a Certificate Request with PowerShell
If you prefer to complete the certificate request from PowerShell you would use the Import-ExchangeCertificate cmdlet. Using our example above our command would look like this:
C:\> Import-ExchangeCertificate -FileName "\\ex16-01\c$\users\supertekboy\desktop\webmail_exchangeservergeek_com.cer" -PrivateKeyExportable:$true
In this command:
- -Path is the location of the certificate file you were issued.
To verify that our certificate is installed you can run the Get-ExchangeCertificate command.
C:> Get-ExchangeCertificate Thumbprint Services Subject ---------- -------- ------- 559642FCD3DD4769D79A457D11875AF9E6E49F3C ....... CN=webmail.exchangeservergeek.com, OU=Exchange Server Geek, O=S...
Take note that the Services column lists all periods. This indicates no services are currently assigned to the certificate. As mentioned in the previous section you need to assign services to the certificate before it will be live.
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