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How to Use SSL to Secure the Communications Between the Client Messaging Applications and the Exchange Front-End Server


Topic Last Modified: 2005-05-17

Encrypting messaging traffic can help protect outgoing and incoming mail. This topic explains how to deploy Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt messaging traffic. You can configure SSL security features on an Exchange server to verify the integrity of your content, verify the identity of users, and encrypt network transmissions.

Before you perform the procedures in this topic, it is important that you first read "Using Secure Sockets Layer" in Securing Your Exchange Messaging Environment.

  1. Set up SSL on a server. For detailed steps, see How to Set Up SSL on a Server.

  2. Obtain and install server certificates. You can obtain a server certificate from a certification authority or issue your own certificate.

  3. Back up your certificates using Certificate Manager.

  4. Enable SSL for the default Web site. For detailed steps for enabling SSL for the default Web site, see How to Configure Virtual Directories to Use SSL.

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