How to configure the Spam Quarantine to use HTTPS with IIS

In some cases you may want to configure IIS to use HTTPs to provide a secure connection to the GFI MailEssentials website.  

Follow this procedure to configure IIS to use a secure connection:

Ensure that you have configured a Server Certificate which will be used for HTTPs communication. You can configure this from the following: 
  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
  2. Go to Server.
  3. In the left pane, click Server Certificates under IIS.
  4. Create a new certificate, or attach to an existing certificate
Ensure that there is a HTTPs binding for the web server hosting the GFI MailEssentials website: 
  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. Go to Server > Sites.
  3. Right-click Default Web Site and select Edit Bindings.
  4. Ensure that the https binding is created If it is not created click Add... to add a new 'https' type binding.
  5. Click OK.
Enforce SSL communication on the SpamQuarantine or Mailessentials virtual directory: 
  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. Go to Server > Sites > Default Web Site.
  3. Click MailEssentials.
  4. In the left pane, click SSL Settings under IIS.
  5. Check Require SSL and Require 128-bit SSL.
Use the following URL to access the spam quarantine: https://<mes_computer_name>/MailEssentials 
  • 'https://' signifies to the web browser that you want to use an SSL connection.
  • <mes_computer_name> is the name of the computer that hosts the GFI MailEssentials configuration
  • Ensure that the HTTP SSL service is running. By default, the Startup Type for this service is set to Manual. From the properties of the services, change the Startup Type to Automatic and start the service.