Zimbra: Install a Comodo SSL Certificate

1. Get the bundle from Comodo in crt format, or sometimes like a zip file. You can also login to https://cert-manager.com/customer/eI4Africa and download the X.509 Root/Intermediate(s) bundle.

2.  Copy the downloaded bundle to the mail server under /tmp. The bundle contains the following files:

  • AddTrustExternalCARoot.crt
  • COMODORSAAddTrustCA.crt
  • COMODORSADomainValidationSecureServerCA.crt

3. Rename the bundle to commercial_ca.crt.  Copy the domain’s SSL certificate file to /tmp/commercial.crt and the key to /opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial.key

mv renu.cer commercial_ca.crt
 cp my_domain.crt /tmp/commercial.crt

4. Check that your SSL certificate, your private key and the Intermediate CA are OK, this step is important and you should not continue if you receive an error here:

/opt/zimbra/bin/zmcertmgr verifycrt comm /opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial.key /tmp/commercial.crt /tmp/commercial_ca.crt 
** Verifying /tmp/commercial.crt against /opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial.key
Certificate (/tmp/commercial.crt) and private key (/opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial.key) match.
Valid Certificate: /tmp/commercial.crt: OK

5. Deploy the commercial certificate with zmcertmgr as the root user.

/opt/zimbra/bin/zmcertmgr deploycrt comm /tmp/commercial.crt /tmp/commercial_ca.crt 
** Verifying /tmp/commercial.crt against /opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial.key
Certificate (/tmp/commercial.crt) and private key (/opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial.key) match.
Valid Certificate: /tmp/commercial.crt: OK
** Copying /tmp/commercial.crt to /opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial.crt
** Appending ca chain /tmp/commercial_ca.crt to /opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial.crt
** Importing certificate /opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/commercial/commercial_ca.crt to CACERTS as zcs-user-commercial_ca...done.
** NOTE: mailboxd must be restarted in order to use the imported certificate.
** Saving server config key zimbraSSLCertificate...done.
** Saving server config key zimbraSSLPrivateKey...done.
** Installing mta certificate and key...done.
** Installing slapd certificate and key...done.
** Installing proxy certificate and key...done.
** Creating pkcs12 file /opt/zimbra/ssl/zimbra/jetty.pkcs12...done.
** Creating keystore file /opt/zimbra/mailboxd/etc/keystore...done.
** Installing CA to /opt/zimbra/conf/ca...done.

6. Restart the Zimbra Services

zmcontrol restart



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