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What is the function of the SSL Cert in Exch 2010

What is the function of the SSL Cert in Exch 2010

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I have read that to encrypt outbound email messages we can configure/use SMIME or some other 3rd party method.
But this leaves me a bit unclear as to what exactly Exchange 2010 uses the SSL Cert for???
I've read things like:
1)Internal client-server communication is encrypted - is this true? is it in-transit only?
2)the sesssion is encrypted. - That's nice but doesn't a session include transfer of SMTP messages?
I hope someone can shed some light as to what exactly our SSL Cert is doing for us in our not very complicated environment.
Thank you all

RE: What is the function of the SSL Cert in Exch 2010

You may want to give this a read: https://practical365.com/exchange-server/exchange-...

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