Exchange 2010 SSL Certificate Renewal Options

Renew SSL Using the DigiCert Utility

For an incredibly simple way to renew your SSL Certificate expiring Exchange 2010 SSL Certificate renewal using the DigiCert Utility page. You can also find information on checking your certificate installation and repairing common certificate errors as well.

Renewal CSR Creation from the Exchange Management Console

  1. Open Start then go to Programs > Microsoft Exchange 2010 > Exchange Management Console.

  2. Click Manage Databases.

  3. On the Right side, click ‘Renew Exchange Certificate…’

  4. Click browse and select a folder to save the CSR file e.g. your_domain_cer.req.

  5. Click through to finish.

  6. During the order process when prompted to upload your CSR you can select this file and upload it.

  7. Alternatively you can upload the CSR after your order has been placed by logging into your account, clicking your ‘order number’, then clicking ‘Submit CSR’.

Import and Configure Exchange 2010 to Use Your New SSL Certificate

    After receiving your Certificate files from DigiCert via either the attachment to the automatic email sent out, or by downloading the certificate from your account, you'll need to do the following.

  1. Open Exchange Management Console by clicking from the Start Button > Programs > Microsoft Exchange 2010 to Exchange Management Console.

  2. In the middle pane click Manage Databases, then on the left side click Server Configuration.

  3. In the middle section under Exchange Certificates tab, Select certificate, then Complete Pending Request.

  4. If you receive the following error "The source data is corrupted or not properly Base64 encoded" just ignore it.

    Hit F5, for the certificate it should show Self-Signed is False. If it doesn't you'll have to reissue your SSL certificate for Exchange.

  5. With your certificate selected, click under the Actions Pane under your Certificate's Friendly Name click Assign Services to Certificate...

  6. Select the services you're using, then continue through the wizard until completed.
    Your Certificate should now be installed.

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Test your Installation

Go to and enter the DNS name of the site you are securing to test your certificate (e.g., or to verify the installation is correct and the expiration date shows the renewed certificate.

SSL Certificate Renewal :: Exchange 2010

Learn how to renew your SSL Cert for Exchange 2010 by using the Exchange Management Shell.