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Autodiscover and SSL Warnings during Exchange 2010 Migration

When Exchange Server 2010 is first installed many administrators encounter an issue with Outlook clients and SSL certificate warnings, relating to the Autodiscover service and the use of SSL for Exchange Server 2010 by default.

Autodiscover is a service that allows compatible Outlook versions and mobile devices to automatically detect and configure a user’s mailbox settings.  When the Exchange Server 2010 Client Access server role is installed into an Exchange organization it automatically registers the Autodiscover service in Active Directory.

Outlook clients will connect to Autodiscover using SSL (HTTPS), but the new Exchange 2010 Client Access server is only configured with a self-signed SSL certificate when it is first installed.  This can lead to certificate warnings for your end users who are running Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010.

Outlook Warning for Untrusted SSL Certificate

Outlook Warning for Untrusted SSL Certificate

So you may wish to install the first Exchange 2010 server outside of business hours, so that you have time to resolve the SSL certificate warnings without impacting your end users.

There are three ways to quickly resolve the Outlook SSL certificate warnings in Exchange 2010 environments:

  • Adding the Exchange Server certificate to the Trusted Root Certification Authorities on all of your end user computers using a Group Policy (not recommended)
  • Issuing a new Exchange 2010 SSL certificate from a private Certificate Authority on your network (not ideal, but resolves the issue for computers that are domain members)
  • Purchasing a new Exchange 2010 SSL certificate from a commercial Certificate Authority and installing it on the Exchange 2010 server (this is the best solution, but will of course require you to spend money)



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