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Last Modified : 04/26/2019

Installation Instructions for Microsoft Exchange 2003


This document provides installation instructions for Exchange 2003. If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, RapidSSL recommends that you contact Microsoft.


Step 1: Obtain the RapidSSL certificate

    1.    The RapidSSL certificate download link will be sent by email.

    2.    Download and extract the certificate zip file from the email. 

           NOTE: Click here for steps to download the RapidSSL certificate.

Step 2: Install the RapidSSL certificate

    1.    Click Start Programs Microsoft Exchange > System Manager 
    2.    If the Display administrative groups option is turned on, expand Administrative Groups
           then expand First Administrative Group (where First Administrative Group is the name 
           of your administrative group)

           Note: To display administrative groups, right-click Your_Organization Properties
           Display administrative groups check box, click OK twice, and then restart Exchange
           System Manager

    3.    Expand Servers, expand the Exchange Server container that you want to configure,
           and then expand the Protocols container 
    4.    Expand each protocol that you want to configure, right-click the
           Default Protocol_Name virtual server object click Properties  
    5.    Click the Access tab > Certificate 

    6.    The Web Server Certificate Wizard starts and you receive notification that you have a
           pending certificate request, click Next
    7.    On the Pending Certificate Request page, click Process the pending request and
           install the certificate, and then click Next 

    8.    In the Process a Pending Request box, type the path of the certificate that you
           received from the external CA
    9.    Review the Certificate Summary page, and then click Next

           Note: The information that is contained in the certificate includes issuer, expiry date,
           what the certificate is to be used for. The certificate friendly name that appears on
           the Certificate Summary page is also included.
  10.    After you receive notification that the certificate is successfully installed on the
           virtual server, click Finish. 


Verify your installation with the RapidSSL Checker


          The source of these instructions is Microsoft Article 823024