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When you first install VMWare Server, you’ll find the administration area in Firefox or Internet Explorer has a security certificate error. This is because the certificate that ships with VMWare is self-signed (untrusted). One solution is to use a trusted certificate from a third party (Verisign, GoDaddy, etc) but that has costs associated with it and is not actually necessary. If you want your computer to properly trust the certificate, add it to the Trusted Root list.

  1. Navigate to the SSL folder where VMWare Server is installed (ex. C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Server\SSL).
  2. Double-click on RUI.crt.
  3. Click “Install Certificate” on the Certificate Information window that pops up.
  4. Click “Next” to start the Certificate Import Wizard.
  5. Select “Place all certificates in the following store” and click “Browse”.
  6. Select “Trusted Root Certification Authorities” and click “OK”.
  7. Click “Next” and “Finished”.
  8. A Security Warning box will pop up, click “Yes” and then “OK”.
  9. Close the Certificate Information window.
  10. The SSL warning will no longer show on the VMWare Server login screen.

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