SSL Certificates, SharePoint, and User Profile Synchronization… OH MY!

SharePoint is complex!  Add in User Profiles and FIM Synchronization with SSL and SharePoint can become a administrator’s worst nightmare.  Our latest “really?” moment recently occurred when MySite (User Profile) details stopped replicated back to Active Directory in our of our installs.

A quick review of recent Events yield the following nuggets:

Event 6801 FIMSynchronization Service

The extensible extension returned an unsupported error.
The stack trace is:
“System.Net.WebException: The underlying connection was closed: Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel. —> System.Security.Authentication.AuthenticationException: The remote certificate is invalid according to the validation procedure.


Event 8311, SharePoint Foundation

An operation failed because the following certificate has validation errors:\n\nSubject Name: CN=*.ARMGASYS.COM, OU=Domain Control Validated\nIssuer Name: CN=Go Daddy Secure Certificate Authority – G2, OU=, O=”, Inc.”, L=Scottsdale, S=Arizona, C=US\nThumbprint: ABCDEF123456790\n\nErrors:\n\n The root of the certificate chain is not a trusted root authority..

Awesome, yet another SharePoint SSL issue (Only Microsoft Lync is more painful when it comes to SSL)

The Solution:  Add the SSL certificate chain to the SharePoint trust

Step#1: Download the SSL certificate and related chain

  1. Open IE and navigate to the SharePoint site in question
  2. Click on the padlock and view the certificate for the site
  3. Click the Certification Path tab
  4. For each certificate authority listed in the chain, perform the following:
    1. Select the certificate (I.E. Go Daddy Root Certificate Authority – G2)
    2. Click View Certificate.  A new windows for the certificate will be displayed
    3. Click the Details tab
    4. Click Copy to File
    5. This will launch the “Certificate Export Wizard”
    6. Follow the wizard taking all defaults.  Save the .CER file to an accessible location
  5. Copy the .CER files to your SharePoint server or a location where you have access to SharePoint Central Administration.
  6. Launch SharePoint Central Administration and Navigate to Security –> Manage Trust
  7. For each .CER file, perform the following:
    1. Click New on the Manage Trust screen (located in upper left corner)
    2. Give the certificate a usable name
      HINT: We like to include the month and year… just in case (I.E. GODADDY LEVEL 1 CERT MAR2014)
    3. Browse for the .CER file
    4. Click OK


Happy encrypting!

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