"Error connecting with SSL" Using Retain Plugin for GroupWise Windows Client

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Retain Archive Plugin for GroupWise Client
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When clicking on the Retain button within the GroupWise Windows client, the customer received the following error:  "Error connecting with SSL.  error:14094410:SSL routines:SSL3_READ_BYTES:sslv3 alert handshake failure." After you click on the "OK" button, the Retain Web UI will be opened in a browser but will show a logon error.


Apache on the Retain server was set up to use SSL but was configured to not allow the SSLv3 protocol .  To resolve the issue, follow these steps:

1.  Open the the vhost file in the  /etc/apache2/vhosts.d directory of your Retain Server.

If you are unsure as to what that vhost file is, see step #3 in the following document  "How to Set Up SSL on Apache Using Self-Signed Certificate".

2.  Scroll down to the <Virtual Host...> section.

3.  Within the line "SSL Protocol", remove the "-SSLv3" statement, which - if left in the statement - instructs Apache to not allow the SSLv3 protocol.

4.  Restart Apache:  rcapache2 restart

Apache will support the SSLv3 protocol and the error should not occur.  In the sample screenshot above, all SSL protocols are allowed except SSLv2.

If you now click on the "Retain" button within the GroupWise Windows client, it should properly launch a browser and automatically login to the Retain web interface.

Additional Information

This article was originally published in the GWAVA knowledgebase as article ID 2251.