Two different things, no?
AFAIK the FMS certificate is meant to encrypt the traffic between FMS and its direct clients (FMP, FMGo, the WebDirect virtual user), but not between the user's browser and the web server (IIS/Apache) before the request is handed off to the FMS Web Publishing Engine...
Use fmsadmin. I have WebDirect running on Server 2008 and am using the SSL cert created and imported through fmsadmin and it runs perfectly.
The "improved SSL certificate management" is part of FMS's improved security: http://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-server/whats-new.html
That's what I wanted to confirm. I was thinking the same as Wim, but I had called tech support and the fellow told me to use the command line, but he didn't seem 100% confident about that.
Follow up question. If I delete and reinstall FMServer, do I have to redo the Certificate request and reimport?
Before uninstalling keep a copy of the CStore directory. After the reinstall I copy back the serverKey and then reimport the certificate file via fmsadmin.
I believe that it's not the uninstall that actually does the damage. I think that it's reinstall that overwrites the CStore directory. Sure would be nice if it wouldn't.
Thank you again!
I see that the certificate is available in the scope of the general IIS management console. I am using Server 2012 R2, which is not officially supported.
I installed FMS13 successfully and everything was working fine. After I setup the certificate, the WebDirect web page sees the SSL Cert, but my databases do not show up. Also, Filemaker Pro can't connect to the server. Kind of peculiar, maybe just a coincidence?
Going to try to uninstall FMS13 and try again. For whatever reason, my R710 Server was giving me fits with the first Server 2012, but it installed R2 with no problems.
Uninstalled, reinstalled, restored CStore and reimported, looks good for now. living on the edge. lol.
Are you using a cert from the list of supported certs: http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/11413 ?
If not, as I recently found out, everything runs fine until your next server restart. Then you get problems similar to what you describe above (you can see the server in the list of local hosts but no databases populate the list). If you have this happen you can "fix" it by disabling "Secure connections with SSL" in Server Admin and restarting your server.
SSL is so finicky.
I believe so.
Got the SSL Cert through Godaddy.
Everything seems good after the reinstall. So far...
Your statement is correct, but from what I have mustered a single machine deployment will leverage the FMS certificate for use with client -> WebDirect site traffic served up by Apache (in a Mac deployment, can't speak for Windows).
If you choose a two machine deployment and split WPE to a second host that will require an additional certificate to encrypt the web based client traffic...
Or am I missing something obvious?
You may be right, Perren, it certainly looks that way. Interesting...