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How to Use SSL Security with Your Web Site in Lion Server

You can add Secure Sockets Layer security to a website hosted in Lion Server by assigning a certificate to it. (The Server app doesn’t enable you to use SSL without a certificate.) You can use a self-signed SSL certificate or use one from a certificate authority.

If you have multiple sites configured in the Server app’s web pane, you can assign each one a different certificate or use the same one on all. You don’t set certificates from the web pane, however. You do it from the Server pane. Here’s how:

  1. In the Server app, select your server in the sidebar under Hardware.

  2. Click the Settings tab.

    The SSL Certificate item will have one of these descriptions next to it:

    • The name of the certificate selected for all running services

    • Not Configured, if none of the running services has a certificate

    • Custom, if different services use different certificates

  3. Click the Edit button next to SSL Certificate.

  4. Select the Custom option from the pop-up menu to expand the dialog.

    You should see your websites listed.

  5. For each website, click the double arrows next to the set and select a certificate from the pop-up menu.

  6. 6. Click the OK button when you’re finished selecting certificates.

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You can go back to the web pane and change the port numbers of sites to those used by SSL, such as 443 (instead of 80).

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