Console Settings

The Hermes SEG Console Settings sets the method you wish to access Hermes SEG machine which includes the Admin Console, User Console and the Ciphermail Console. By default, the Console Mode is set to IP Address, however, an IP address is not contusive to using SSL certificates. Therefore, if you plan to use a SSL certificate to access the Hermes SEG machine, you must set the Console Mode to Host Name. The Host Name you set it does NOT necessarily have to the the same Host Name you set in Network Settings above. The Host Name and Primary Domain Name you set in the Network settings is used for SMTP transactions such as SMTP TLS and it's not related to Hermes SEG console access.

  • Set the Console Mode drop-down to Host Name  and in the resultant Host Name field that appears, fill in the desired host anem you wish to use (Figure 1):

Figure 1


  • The Console Certificate field is pre-populated with the system-self-signed certificate. If you wish to use a SSL certificate you set in the Set System Certificates section above, simply delete the system-self-signed entry and start typing the friendly name of the certificate you setup previously that matches the host name. The system will locate the certificate and display it in a drop-down list. Click on the certificate and the system will automatically populate all the rest of the Certificate fields such as the Subject, Issuer, Serial and Type (Figure 2):

Figure 2


  • We highly recommend that you enable HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS), Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) Stapling, Online Certficiate Status Protocol (OCSP) Stapling Verify and click the Submit button (Figure 3):

Figure 3


After clicking the Submit button and you changed the Console Mode from IP Address to Host Name, your browser will NOT automatically redirect you to the new console address. Ensure you enter the new address in your browser as https://<HOST_NAME>/admin/ where <HOST-NAME> is the new Host Name you set above.

  • Additionally, we recommend that you generate a DH (Diffie-Hellman) Parameters file by clicking the Generate DH Parameters File button and on the resultant Generate Diffie-Hellman (DH) Parameters File confirmation window, click on Yes (Figure 4):

Figure 4


  • Generating a DH Parameters file can take a very long time to complete (~40 minutes on 1-CPU systems). You can proceed to configure the rest of your system (DO NOT reboot the system while it's generate a DH Parameters file) and check back under System --> Console Settings to see if a new Diffie-Hellman (DH) key-exchange drop-down appears set it to Enable and click the Submit button below (Figure 5).

Figure 5


If you follow the above recommendations, you should be able to achive an A+ rating on the Qualys SSL Labs SSL Server Test (Figure 6):

Figure 6