MSExchange Certificate Deployment 2009


This article provides an explanation and possible resolutions for a specific Exchange event. If you don't find what you’re looking for here, try searching Exchange 2010 Help.


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The federation certificate %1 will expire in less than 15 days. Renew the certificate soon to ensure proper functionality of federation trust services.


In Exchange Server 2010, a federation is used for federated delegation. This allows the sharing of availability information, calendars, and contacts with recipients in external federated organizations. This Warning event is logged when the certificate that is used for federation is almost expired.

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There is only one federation trust certificate created for each organization.

For example, if the servers that are running Microsoft Exchange within an organization are located in multiple Active Directory forests, the same federation trust certificate must be used within each Active Directory forest. Therefore, the organization must repeat the certificate renewal operation in each Active Directory forest. After the trust certificate is updated on a server in the Active Directory forest, the certificate is automatically distributed to all other servers within that Active Directory forest.

For more information about how to obtain a new certificate, see Understanding Federation.

For more information about how to transition to the next available certificate, see Manage Federation.


Self-signed certificates for a federation trust are supported in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 R5 and later versions. However, the federation trust must be created by using the New-FederationTrust cmdlet in Exchange Server 2010 R5.

For More Information

If you are not already doing so, consider running the Exchange tools, which have been created to help you analyze and troubleshoot your Exchange environment. These tools can help make sure that your configuration aligns with Microsoft best practices. They can also help you identify and resolve performance issues and improve mail flow. To run these tools, go to the Toolbox node of the Exchange Management Console. To learn more about these tools, see Managing Tools in the Toolbox.