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How to install an SSL Certificate on FileMaker Server?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

In this tutorial, you will learn how to generate a CSR code and install an SSL Certificate on FileMaker Server. You will also discover a few interesting facts about FileMaker’s history, and where to buy the most affordable SSL certificates for your FileMaker system.

If you’ve already generated the CSR code by yourself and received the SSL certificate on your email inbox, jump straight to the installation instructions. Use the links below to navigate between sections.

Generate a CSR code on FileMaker Server
Install an SSL Certificate on FileMaker Server
Test your SSL installation
FileMaker history and versions
Where to buy the best SSL Certificate for FileMaker Server?

Generate a CSR code on FileMaker Server

To obtain a commercial SSL certificate signed by a trusted Certificate Authority (CA), you must generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) and send it to your CA for validation.

The CSR is a block of encoded text with your contact data such as domain and company identity. Along with the CSR, you will also create the private key, which you’ll have to import during the installation process. Please, follow the steps below:

To generate the CSR for FileMaker 17, perform the following:

  1. Run the following CLI (Command Line Interface) command:
    fmsadmin certificate create "/CN=server.yourcomapny.com/O=YourCompanyLLC/C=US/ST=Florida/L=Miami"

    • Make sure you include the following information:
    • CN (Common Name): the FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) you want to secure
    • O (Organization): the full legal name of your company
    • C (Country Name): the two-letter code of your country
    • ST (State): the state where your company is located
    • L (Locality/City): the city where your company is registered

      Note: The CSR generation command does not support subject alternative name (SAN) certificates. To use a SAN certificate, contact your CA.

  2. The command line will create your CSR and private key. You can find the serverRequest.pem and serverKey.pem files in the /FileMaker Server/CStore directory
  3. Open the serverRequest.pem file with a text editor of your choice such as Notepad and copy its contents into the corresponding box during the certificate order with your SSL vendor.

To generate the CSR for FileMaker Server 15 & 16 perform the following:

  1. Log into your FileMaker Server dashboard
  2. On the left side, select Database Server, then Security
  3. Click Create Request.
  4. Fill in the following information as shown below:
    • Domain Name: enter the FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) you want to protect. For example, yoursite.com. For a wildcard certificate, add an asterisk in front of the domain name (e.g., *.yoursite.com)
    • Company Name: specify the full legal name of your company. For example, Your Company LLC
    • Organization: name the department within your company requesting the SSL certificate. For instance, IT or Web Administration
    • City: type the full name of the city where your business is located. For instance, Miami
    • State or Province: type the full name of the state where your business is registered. For example, Florida
    • Country: enter the two-letter code of your country. For example, US
    • Password: set a password for your private key file and confirm it
  5. Double-check the info you’ve just provided and click Create
  6. The command line will create your CSR and private key. You can find the serverRequest.pem and serverKey.pem files in the /FileMaker Server/CStore directory
  7. Open the serverRequest.pem file with a text editor of your choice such as Notepad and copy its contents into the corresponding box during the certificate order with your SSL vendor.

Install an SSL Certificate on FileMaker

After your CA delivers the SSL Certificate to your inbox, open the ZIP folder and extract the files on your device. Depending on your SSL provider you should receive the following files:

  • Your Signed SSL Certificate
  • The Intermediate certificate or the CA Bundle containing the root and intermediate certs.

To import the SSL files to FileMaker Server 17, perform the following:

  1. FileMaker Server asks you to import an SSL Certificate when you first connect to your Admin Console. Select Import an SSL certificate received from a certificate authority, then click Import Certificate. Alternatively, you can import it later via Configuration > SSL Certificate.
  2. Click Import Custom Certificate and upload the following files:
    • Signed Certificate File: click browse and select your primary SSL certificate file
    • Private Key File: click browse and select your private key file (serverKey.pem) generated along with the CSR via the CLI. If you’ve generated the CSR code on another platform, upload the corresponding private key.
    • Intermediate Certificate File: click browse and upload your Intermediate or CA Bundle file
    • Private Key password: if you created a password for your private key, enter it in this field
  3. Click Import
  4. Restart FileMaker Server to activate your SSL certificate.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed an SSL certificate on FileMaker Server 17

To import the SSL files to FileMaker Server 15 & 16, perform the following:

  1. Log into your File Maker Server dashboard
  2. Navigate to the Database Server > Security
  3. Click on Import Certificate.
  4. Add the following files:
    • Server Certificate: the SSL certificate issued for your domain
    • Intermediate Certificate: the Intermediate CA file from the ZIP folder
    • Private Key file: serverKey.pem located in /FileMaker Server/CStore/ directory
    • Private Key Password: the password you created during CSR generation
  5. Click Save
  6. Restart FileMaker Server.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed an SSL certificate on FileMaker Server 15 & 16.

Test Your SSL installation

After you install an SSL Certificate on File Maker, your next step is to check your new installation for potential errors and vulnerabilities. We recommend these high-end SSL tools for instant scans and reports on the state of your SSL Certificate and its configuration.

FileMaker history and versions

FileMaker Server is part of FileMaker Pro, a cross-platform relational database application that allows users to create scalable custom apps for their business needs. Developed by FileMaker Inc, a subsidiary of Apple founded in 1998, FileMaker Pro runs on iOS, macOS and Windows systems.

Listed below are the latest releases of FileMaker Server:

  • FileMaker Server 17, released in May 2018
  • FileMaker Server 16, released in May 20
  • FileMaker Server 15, released in May 2016
  • FileMaker Server 14, released in May 2015
  • FileMaker Server 13, released in December 2013

Where to buy the best SSL Certificate for FileMaker Server?

The best place to buy an SSL Certificate for FileMaker Server is from a reputable SSL vendor such as SSL Dragon. Our prices are the lowest on the market, but there are even more benefits. We offer regular discounts and exclusive deals on all our SSL certificates, but above all, impeccable customer support. All our products are compatible with FileMaker Server, and you can always use our helping tools such as SSL Wizard and Advanced Certificate Filter to find the perfect SSL product for your project. We offer the following types of certificates:

SSL Dragon takes care of your sensitive data security, so your website or business can succeed online!

If you find any inaccuracies, or you have details to add to these SSL installation instructions, please feel free to send us your feedback at [email protected]. Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.