Microsoft Exchange 2013 shows blank ECP & OWA after changes to SSL certificates

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EDIT
This issue is described in KB2971270 and is fixed in CU6.

I ran a couple of times in this error. After applying changes to SSL certificates (add, replace or delete a SSL certificate) and rebooting the server, the event log is flooded with events from source “HttpEvent” and event id 15021. The message says:

If you try to access the Exchange Control Panel (ECP) or Outlook Web Access (OWA), you will get a blank website. To solve this issue, open up an elevated command prompt on your Exchange 2013 server.

Check the certificate hash and appliaction ID for 0.0.0.0:443, 0.0.0.0:444 and 127.0.0.1:443. You will notice, that the application ID for this three entries is the same, but the certificate hash for 0.0.0.0:444 differs from the other two entries. And that’s the point. Remove the certificate for 0.0.0.0:444.

Now add it again with the correct certificate hash and application ID.

That’s it. Reboot the Exchange 2013 server and everything should be up and running again.

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17 thoughts on “Microsoft Exchange 2013 shows blank ECP & OWA after changes to SSL certificates

  1. Ahmed Mahmoud

    thanks for the post, but in the last step u add sslcert with defined hash (which is not the same hash too) from where do u get this hash??

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  2. Danny Covell

    Thank you so much. Saved me from a lot of angry people! Now I just wish Microsoft updates would stop breaking things…

    Reply
  3. Hermano Queiroz

    Thank you so much! Very easy steps to follow and the exact same problem. FIXED!!!!

    Reply
  4. Henk

    Thank you! Got this error after renewing certificates on 2013 and you’re answer was just what i need.

    Have a good one!

    Reply

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