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Installing Server Certificates

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1

After you have obtained a server certificate, you can install it. When you use the Server Certificate Wizard to install a server certificate, the process is referred to as assigning a server certificate.

You must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer to perform the following procedure or procedures. As a security best practice, log on to your computer by using an account that is not in the Administrators group, and then use the runas command to run IIS Manager as an administrator. At a command prompt, type runas /user:Administrative_AccountName "mmc %systemroot%\system32\inetsrv\iis.msc".


To install a server certificate using the Web Server Certificate Wizard
  1. In IIS Manager, expand the local computer, and then expand the Web Sites folder.

  2. Right-click the Web site or file that you want, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Directory Security or File Security tab, under Secure communications, click Server Certificate.

  4. In the Web Server Certificate Wizard, click Assign an existing certificate.

  5. Follow the Web Server Certificate Wizard, which will guide you through the process of installing a server certificate.

When you use the Web Server Certificate Wizard to assign a certificate, you must specify a password before the certificate can be assigned to your Web server.

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