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Import-PfxCertificate

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

Updated: March 3, 2014

Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows PowerShell 4.0, Windows Server 2012 R2

Import-PfxCertificate

Imports certificates and private keys from a Personal Information Exchange (PFX) file to the destination store.

Syntax

Parameter Set: Default
Import-PfxCertificate [-FilePath] <String> [[-CertStoreLocation] <String> ] [-Exportable] [-Password <SecureString> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The Import-PfxCertificate cmdlet imports certificates and private keys from a PFX file to the destination store. Certificates with and without private keys in the PFX file are imported, along with any external properties that are present.

Delegation may be required when using this cmdlet with Windows PowerShell® remoting and changing user configuration.

Parameters

-CertStoreLocation<String>

Specifies the path of the store to which certificates will be imported. If this parameter is not specified, then the current path is used as the destination store.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

2

Default Value

.

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Exportable

Specifies whether the imported private key can be exported. If this parameter is not specified, then the private key cannot be exported.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-FilePath<String>

Specifies the path for the PFX file.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

true (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Password<SecureString>

Specifies the password for the imported PFX file in the form of a secure string.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

NULL

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutBuffer, and -OutVariable. For more information, see    about_CommonParameters.

Inputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet.

  • System.String

    A String containing the path to the PFX file.


Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2

    The imported X509Certificate2 object contained in the PFX file that is associated with private keys.


Examples

EXAMPLE 1

This example imports the PFX file my.pfx with a private non-exportable key into the My store for the machine account.


 

PS C:\> $mypwd = ConvertTo-SecureString -String "1234" -Force –AsPlainText

 

PS C:\> Import-PfxCertificate –FilePath C:\mypfx.pfx cert:\localMachine\my -Password $mypwd

EXAMPLE 2

This example imports the PFX file my.pfx with a private non-exportable key into the My store for the current user with private key exportable. The Password parameter is not required since this PFX file is not password protected.


PS C:\> Get-ChildItem -Path c:\mypfx\my.pfx | Import-PfxCertificate -CertStoreLocation Cert:\CurrentUser\My –Exportable

EXAMPLE 3

This example imports the PFX file mypfx.pfx into the My store for the machine account. The Password parameter is not required since this PFX file is protected using the domain account of this machine. This requires a Windows Server® 2012 domain controller.


 

PS C:\> Set-Location -Path cert:\localMachine\my

 

PS C:\> Import-PfxCertificate –FilePath c:\mypfx.pfx

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