FM 13 Server Advanced and SSL Certificates
I am experimenting with a FM13 development file for a customer to determine whether WebD is adequate for a particular purpose (limited customer access for placing orders). My file is working fairly well, hosted on my FM 13 Server Advanced machine at http://188.8.131.52/fmi/WebD#SR_Online_DB. The [Guest] account is on, so no initial login is required to access the file via WebD in a browser. My server does not have a paid-for SSL certificate (yet) on it. Access to my remote database using my iMac and Safari (latest versions of everything) works pretty well so far. My Windows 7 VM with Explorer v11 keeps getting a big red "Communication Error" message across the screen and a smaller "Certificate Error" in the URL bar at top.
I added my server's IP address to Explorer's "Trusted Sites" but still get the error. The finer points of Explorer "Internet Options" elude me, but I am assuming (hoping?) that if I buy and pay for a certificate from a legitimate supplier and install it on my server, the Windows/Explorer access errors will cease.
Before spending the money for the certificate, I am hoping someone more knowledgeable than I can tell me that having a valid SSL certificate will, indeed, solve my Windows/Explorer access problem. Any special insights into having or not-having a certificate on the server and the FM Server console setting to "Require Secure Connections" would be appreciated.
Thanks for your thoughts,