Self-signed certificate for ArcGIS Server not trusted

Discussion created by stsnider on Jan 22, 2013
Latest reply on Jul 1, 2013 by stsnider
ArcGIS Server 10.1 SP 1
Windows 64-bit OS:  Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Service Pack 1

I enabled SSL on ArcGIS Server following these instructions.

This internal website works https://ndep-25/arcgis/rest/services, but I get an error in Internet Explorer (and other browsers) that the website's security certificate is not trusted.  I also see a warning about an untrusted certificate when I make an administrative connection to ArcGIS Server in ArcCatalog using https://ndep-25:6443/arcgis/admin.  If I click Yes to continue through the warning messages, the website and connection works.  However, I feel this is not really good. 

I've tried installing the certificate using the default settings suggested by the browser or ArcCatalog, but that still doesn't make the certificate trusted and I continue to get a warning message that the security certificate is not issued by a trusted certificate authority.

Are these warning messages normal?   Shouldn't a self-signed certificate that was created using ArcGIS Server be recognized by ArcCatalog as a trusted certificate in order to connect to map services?