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Feb 6, 2008 Solving “The server you are connected to is using a security certificate that could not be verified.” problem

Uff that was tough one … If you decided to make your mail communications more secure you probably switched on SSL option in your mail client for POP3/IMAP/SMTP servers. There is a good chance you will get one of those errors that sound like

The server you are connected to is using a security certificare that could not be verified.
A certificate chain processed, but terminated in a root certificate which is not trusted by the trust provider.
Do you want to continue using this server?

I spent way too much time solving the problem because what was just annoying message in Outlook appeared to be serious problem in MacMail. It was not capable of working correctly with that problem. In addition to that I tried to solve the problem using Plesk 8.2 that was a mistake. It appeared that whatever you do with certificates in Plesk that doesn’t affect the mail. So here is the solution for the problem:

Feb 4, 2008 MacMail failes while receiving mail using imap from courier mail

As usually there might be a lot of reasons for that. In my case the reason became clear when I checked /var/log/messages:
imapd-ssl: /etc/courier-imap/shared/index: No such file or directory problem. The quick and dirty solution appeared to be really quick.

Jan 26, 2008 How to configure master/slave DNS servers so they do not conflict with Plesk 8.2

When you need to implement a DNS master/slave relationship, you obviously can go ahead and edit named config files, but when you do next change to DNS configuration using Plesk most your changes will be lost. From the other side Plesk doesn’t provide slave server configuration at all! Here is the solution that works for me on Plesk 8.2. Versions 8.3 and above support the master/slave DNS configuration via web interface.

Jan 25, 2008 How to purchase an SSL ceritficate for your website (using Plesk 8.2)

Despite the process of obtaining an SSL certificate for your website is not very difficult it may take you plenty of time, because the price of mistake could be rather high. I’d say you can loose hundreds of dollars if you buy wrong type of certificate or get it from wrong place. Here’s a quick overview of the process that will make your SSL cert shopping experience more enjoyable.

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