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18.9. Testing The Certificate

To test the test certificate installed by default, either a CA-signed certificate, or a self-signed certificate, point your Web browser to the following home page (replacing server.example.com with your domain name):



Note the s after http. The https: prefix is used for secure HTTP transactions.

If you are using a CA-signed certificate from a well-known CA, your browser probably automatically accepts the certificate (without prompting you for input) and creates the secure connection. Your browser does not automatically recognize a test or a self-signed certificate, because the certificate is not signed by a CA. If you are not using a certificate from a CA, follow the instructions provided by your browser to accept the certificate.

Once your browser accepts the certificate, your secure server displays a default home page.