Installation Instruction for Mac OS X Server 10.4

Solution ID:    SO13575    Updated:    05/19/2017


This document provides instructions for installing SSL Certificates for MAC OS X 10.4 server. If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, Symantec recommends that you contact Apple.

Step 1: Download the SSL Certificate & Intermediate CA Certificate

  1. Download the certificate from Symantec Trust Center account.
  2. The ZIP file you downloaded contains the following certificates:
    Note: Select the server platform as Apple > Mac Server v5.0 for OS X 10.10.5+ when downloading the certificate.
    • SSL certificate (i.e. ssl_certificate.crt, also known as end entity certificate, public key certificate, digital certificate or identity certificate).
    • Intermediate CA certificate (i.e. IntermediateCA.crt, also known as chained certificate or signer/issuer of the SSL certificate).
  3. Unzip the files onto the server where you will install the certificate.

Step 2: Assign the SSL & Intermediate CA certificate to the web site

  1. Open the Server Admin utility.
  2. In the Computers & Services column, open out the current server and select Web.
  3. In the main section of the Server Admin screen, select the Sites tab and double-click the site being secured with SSL.
  4. Select the Security tab, check the box for Enable Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) if not already checked.
    Note: If you change this selection, the port number the website operates on may change. 
    If you need the website to operate in both http and https mode, you need to create a copy of the site in Server Admin.  
  5. In the Certificate: dropdown, select Custom Configuration
  6. A dialogue box appears to specify the locations of the certificate and key files (the below assumes the file locations and names have been left as recommended):
    For 'Certificate File', enter /etc/httpd/ssl.crt/ssl_certificate.crt (Obtain from Step 1)

    For 'Private Key File', enter /etc/httpd/ssl.key/private.key

    For 'Certificate Authority File', enter /etc/httpd/ssl.crt/IntermediateCA.crt (Obtain from Step 1)

    For 'Private Key Passphrase', leave empty unless a password has been set on the private key
  7. Click OK on the dialogue box, click Save on the Server Admin window and click Restart when prompted.
    Note: If there are any errors during the restart process, review the logs to determine the problem - the most common issue is an incorrectly specified certificate file or a mismatch between the private key and SSL certificate.
  8. Verify your installation with the (SYMC) Certificate Checker


For more information, visit Apple's macOS Server Support.


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