I received an SSL certificate from GoDaddy yesterday and their instructions to install the certificate seemed weird. To be precise, they asked me to disable their root certificate in server.

NOTE: If the Go Daddy® Class 2 Certification Authority root certificate is currently installed on your machine, you need to disable it from the Trusted Root Certification Authorities folder.

What do I need to disable the root certificate?

Another question: they asked me to put intermediate certificates on the server. I can sure do that on server but my clients might not have them. Does it matter?

  • Has Mike answered your question or do you need more answers? Feb 14, 2011 at 19:33

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I can answer your second question: The clients will get the intermediate certificates from your server (assuming you install them properly), so they will be able to use them to authenticate your SSL certificate against the root certificate.

  • So these intermediate certificates are automatically downloaded by clients during SSL negotiation. Is that right?
    – Hemant
    Jan 21, 2011 at 16:00
  • Yes, that's correct.
    – Mike Scott
    Jan 21, 2011 at 16:11

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