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Step 4: Configure SSL Central Certificate Store

Published: February 29, 2012

Updated: May 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2



In the final phase of building a web farm with IIS servers, you add a central certificate store to your farm. This store enables you to place your SSL certificates on one file server and share them with all web servers in farm. You no longer have to have copies of every certificate on every server.

This article guides you through configuring a central certificate store and testing it on your web farm.

The following list shows the tasks required to complete this step:

When you are done with these tasks, record your design decisions before going on to Step 5: Configure Application Deployment.

Before attempting to configure a central certificate store, create a shared folder on a dedicated back-end file server. You must provide a UNC path to the shared folder (for example, \\CertServer\Certs).

  1. On your ARR server, open IIS Manager.

  2. In the Connections pane, select the server node.

  3. Double-click Centralized Certificates.

  4. In the Actions pane, click Edit Feature Settings.

  5. In the Edit Centralized Certificates Settings dialog, select the Enable Centralized Certificates check box.

  6. In the Physical path box, type the UNC path to the shared certificate folder.

  7. In the User name box, type the name of the custom user account on the file server.

  8. In the Password and Confirm password boxes, type the password for the account.

  9. If your certificates use a private key password, type the password in the Password and Confirm password boxes.

  10. Click OK.

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