Install root certificates on Mac

Trusted root certificates

It is recommended that secure connections are protected by an SSL certificate signed by a public certificate authority (CA). However, during testing or evaluation phases, you may choose to use a certificate chain signed by a private or internal CA. In this case, you will need to install the trusted root SSL certificate on each of your client devices.

You can avoid having to install the trusted root certificate onto each client by using certificates signed by a public CA.
Free, time-limited certificates are available from some public CAs and are recommended to cover testing or evaluation periods.
If you experience difficulties with a certificate issued by a public CA, then review the appliance certificate configuration.

Network provisioning tools are available for installing trusted SSL certificates onto clients. However, the instructions below focus on individual client devices.

Both the web browser and the File Director client use the operating system certificate store. So, if you install the certificate in the operating system using Safari then the File Director client automatically trusts the certificate.

The following instructions describe installing the root certificate. They were originally tested with macOS X 10.7.3 using Safari 5.1.3.

  1. Launch Safari and browse to the File Director Website or File Director Admin console as follows:
    • Website: https://<server_address>
    • Admin console: https://<server_address>:8443
    • Safari displays a message, “Safari can’t verify the identity of the website”.
  2. Click Show Certificates.
  3. Select, when using this certificate, Always Trust.

    The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and X.509 Basic Policy trusts update to Always Trust.

  4. Click Continue.
  5. Provide your password and click Update Settings.

Safari adds the root certificate to the certificate store and the browser starts trusting the server.

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