How to install imported certificates on a Web server in Windows Server 2003

This article describes how to import a Web site certificate into the certificate store of the local computer and assign the certificate to the Web site.

Original product version:   Windows Server 2003
Original KB number:   816794

Install the Certificates

The Windows 2003 Internet Information Server (IIS) 6.0 supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) communications. A whole Web site, a folder on the Web site, or a particular file that is located in a folder on the site can require a secure SSL connection. However, before the Web server can support SSL sessions, a Web site certificate must be installed.
You can use one of the following methods to install a certificate in IIS 6.0:

  • Make an online request by using the IIS Web Server Certificate Wizard and install the certificate at the time of the request.
  • Make an offline request by using the IIS Web Server Certificate Wizard and obtain and install the certificate later.
  • Request a certificate without using the IIS Web Server Certificate Wizard.

Note

If you use the second or third method, you must install the certificate manually.

To install the Web site certificate, you must complete the following tasks:

  • Import the certificate into the computer's certificate store.
  • Assign the installed certificate to the Web site.

Import the certificate into the local computer store

To import the certificate into the local computer store, follow these steps:

  1. On the IIS 6.0 Web server, select Start, and then select Run.
  2. In the Open box, type mmc, and then select OK.
  3. On the File menu, select Add/Remove snap-in.
  4. In the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, select Add.
  5. In the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, select Certificates, and then select Add.
  6. In the Certificates snap-in dialog box, select Computer account, and then select Next.
  7. In the Select Computer dialog box, select Local computer: (the computer this console is running on), and then select Finish.
  8. In the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, select Close.
  9. In the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, select OK.
  10. In the left pane of the console, double-click Certificates (Local Computer).
  11. Right-click Personal, point to All Tasks, and then select Import.
  12. On the Welcome to the Certificate Import Wizard page, select Next.
  13. On the File to Import page, select Browse, locate your certificate file, and then select Next.
  14. If the certificate has a password, type the password on the Password page, and then select Next.
  15. On the Certificate Store page, select Place all certificates in the following store, and then select Next.
  16. Select Finish, and then select OK to confirm that the import was successful.

Assign the Imported Certificate to the Web Site

  1. Select Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then select Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the left pane, select your server.
  3. In the right pane, double-click Web Sites.
  4. In the right pane, right-click the Web site you want to assign the certificate to, and then select Properties.
  5. Select Directory Security, and then select Server Certificate.
  6. On the Welcome to the Web Certificate Wizard page, select Next.
  7. On the Server Certificate page, select Assign an existing certificate, and then select Next.
  8. On the Available Certificates page, select the installed certificate you want to assign to this Web site, and then select Next.
  9. On the SSL Port page, configure the SSL port number. The default port of 443 is appropriate for most situations.
  10. Select Next.
  11. On the Certificate Summary page, review the information about the certificate, and then select Next.
  12. On the Completing the Web Server Certificate Wizard page, select Finish, and then select OK.

You can now configure Web site elements to use secure communications.