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Setup SSL-Explorer - Please bear with as I am going to take more screenshots of some things I have used this portal system for and will need to add more text.
SSL-Explorer is a very nice little tool that I notice being talked about recently in the Networking forum and decided I would take a look at it. I liked it so much I added the install info to this FAQ for everyone to read.
To get started if you want more information click here.
And off we are .... cheesy theme music start now ... ok enough of that.
To start download the latest version of SSL-Explorer from here. I used version 0.1.12 for the screenshots.
The install is a pretty basic install uptill it finishes copying files so we will go through this really quickly. And I will try to go into more detail in the later steps. Basically the install will start out checking your java on your machine. The program has a required version of 1.5.0 of the Java Runtime and if you don't have it on your computer it will download it for you with your permission. I pressed the download and it was away. I forced the setup closed to see what would happen. The third screenshot is the result of terminating the install during the middle of the java download/install. I think its self explanatory.
Moving on we are going through the standard install screenshots. Its all the basics. This is an open source program so you need to agree to the terms of the GNU. Then select destination directory and what you wanted to install. I just installed the Program I DIDN'T install the Source. Its up to you. Then it starts the fun file copying and registering services and fun stuff like that.
This next screenshot starts the actual initial setup of everything. You just need to click on launch server and it will start the service in setup mode and launch a web browser going to the default location. To login the default username password are the same (admin).
This is the first screen that will come up after it launches the webserver and browser. It is where you need to setup you password for you key. Basically SSL-Explorer runs a secure encrypted web server and uses java for VPN. You need to create a key and certificate for the https protocol. You type your password in (twice) and then click on set and select create new key store and click update and then click on the create button.
This page will then be displayed. You can put anything in the alias spot its for your reference. in the hostname make sure you put the specific hostname you will use to access the page externally. Either IP address or Domain name. (note www.yourdomain.com is different from yourdomain.com) If they are not the same you will get a message when you connect saying that the certificate is setup for site www.yourdomain.com and you are accessing it from yourdomain.com. Certificate aren't set in stone you can always edit later if you want. Organizational Unit and Company are your creative message again. Then click on generate. The other two boxes are used for actually buying all out real certificates that are certified and owned. If you want to go through that extra expense go right ahead. I didn't so I won't be able to give you any info on that process. The process though seems pretty straight forward.
This is just the screenshot when I remembered the install was still open. It hides under the web browser when you launch the server. Just click Finish.
If you click on the Admin at the top of the screen you will get a drop down menu and then with sub menus. The following screenshots are from those menus and I will add text for each screenshot when I get a chance.
Once you go through all the settings and change what you want and do what you want and cry if you want because its your party. You want to go back to the Admin menu and select Shutdown server. After confirming shutdown wait about 15 seconds and go in the services dialog. You can get there by going Start->Run->services.msc and pressing ok. Fin the SSL-Explorer and start the server. I did find sometime it takes two times if you try to start it too soon after shutting it down from setup mode. Then just browse to the »www.yourdomain.com and put in your username and password that you setup and start exploring.