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Applying Self-Signed Certificate At The Browser (Client-Side)

Created by: Tod Ewasko
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Question

How do I apply a self-signed certificate, for Summation, to my client machine(s) to avoid the "There is a problem with this website's certificate" warning?

Important: This article assumes you have already created and bound a self-signed certificate to the server.

 

Answer

  1. On the desired client machine. navigate to the Summation website, which should give you the below warning page:
    Note: Be sure the URL uses the same "Issued to" hostname specified in the certificate
  2. Click “Continue to this website (not recommended)”
  3. Click the area that says "Certificate error"
    Note: This icon may be different depending on the version of Internet Explorer
  4. Click "View Certificates"
  5. Confirm this is the expected certificate, then click "Install Certificate"
  6. Set the Store Location as "Local Machine" and click "Next"
  7. Select "Place all certificates in the following store: and click "Browse"
  8. Select "Trusted Root Certification Authorities" and click "OK", "Next", then "Finish"


  9. After the certificate import completes successfully, restart the browser
  10. You should now be able to navigate to the Summation website without receiving the certificate warning page

 

Overview

Internet Explorer will display a certificate warning page when navigating to the Summation website if the certificate bound to that website is not signed by a Trusted Root Certification Authority.  You can remedy this by saving your self-signed certificate to the client machine's Trusted Root Certification Authority store.

 

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