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How to Determine When to Use Certificates Issued by Public CAs and When to Use Self-Signed Certificates?

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How to Determine When to Use Certificates Issued by Public CAs and When to Use Self-Signed Certificates?
posted Jun 1, 2015 by Vrije Mani Upadhyay

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This is explanation of how Exchange 2007 uses certificates. After you have read this section, you should understand, based on the Exchange components that you have enabled and the clients you want to support, what kind of certificates you must purchase from a public CA. This section also provides the general context for the more technical content that follows.
It's important to understand that, because this section is intended to let you quickly determine your overall certificate needs with regard to public CAs, the section is necessarily brief. For brevity, many generalizations about certificates and related technologies are made to illustrate certificate use in Exchange 2007. If you do not understand concepts in this section, make sure that you read the rest of this topic and the referenced documentation.

Generally, any Exchange 2007 component that uses Kerberos, Direct Trust, or NTLM authentication can use a self-signed certificate for encryption. In this topic, such components are referred to as internal Exchange 2007 components. Internal refers to the fact that the data paths are between Exchange 2007 servers and within the corporate network that is defined by Active Directory.

We recommend that you deploy a certificate issued by a public CA whenever your users are access Exchange components that require authentication and encryption from outside your corporate firewall. For example, all the various clients that the Client Access server role supports, such as Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, IMAP4, and Outlook Anywhere, should be secured with a certificate that is issued by a public CA. In this topic, such components are referred to as external Exchange 2007 components. External refers to the fact that the data paths between the clients and the Exchange 2007 servers traverse the corporate firewall and extend into the Internet.

answer Jun 1, 2015 by Manikandan J
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