How to Install and Configure Your SSL Certificate on Windows Server
1 – Steps to create the CSR in IIS
1. In the Windows start menu, type Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager and click to open it.
2. Then, in the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, in the Connections menu tree, locate and click on the server name.
3. On the server name Home page, in the IIS section, double-click Server Certificates.
4. Then, on the Server Certificates page, in the Actions menu, click on the Create Certificate Request… link.
5. Next, on Request Certificate wizard, there on the Distinguished Name Properties page, fill up the information specified below and then click Next to proceed:
6. The above-filled details are shown in the below screenshot. Click Next and proceed.
7. Next, on the Cryptographic Service Provider Properties window, enter the required details mention below and then click Next to proceed.
9. Entered the above information as shown in the below screenshot.
10. On the File Name window, under Specify a file name for the certificate request tab, click the dotted (…) box to browse to a location where you want to save your CSR.
11. Once you are done, click on Finish.
2 – Install SSL Certificate
1. Save the SSL certificate .cer file on the server where you created the CSR.
2. Next, in the Windows start menu, enter Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, and click to open it.
3. In Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, you can see the Connections menu tree, locate and click the server name.
4. Then, on the server name Home window, in the IIS section, double-click Server Certificates.
5. Next, on the Server Certificates window, in the Actions menu, hit a click on the Complete Certificate Request… link.
6. In the Complete Certificate Request wizard, on the Specify Certificate Authority Response page, add the following details and then click OK:
7. As per the below screenshot add all the above mention details.
8. Now that you’ve successfully installed your SSL certificate, you need to assign the certificate to the appropriate site.
And to do so follow the below steps.
3 – Assign SSL Certificate
1. To Assign SSL Certificate, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, in the Connections menu tree (on the left pane), then expand the name of the server on which the certificate was installed. Next, expand Sites and click on the site you want to use the SSL certificate to secure.
2. On the website Home window, in the Actions menu, under the Edit Site tab, click the Bindings… link.
3. Next, in the Site Bindings window, click on Add.
4. Now, in the Add Site Bindings window, add the below details and then click OK to proceed:
5. As per the above details, fill up the below fields and proceed further.
6. Your SSL certificate is now installed, and the website is configured to accept secure connections.
Here you go! Your SSL certificate is now successfully installed and binded. Once you have installed your SSL certificate successfully, we urge you to create a backup copy of the certificate and store it in a secure place. So that if a server crashes or needs to be replaced, it is much easier to secure the replacement server.
Hope the above-explained steps are helpful for you. Stay tuned for more informative articles.