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Install SSL Certificate on Microsoft IIS 10

After generating CSR in IIS 10, it is time to install SSL certificate on IIS 10. The certificate authority sends an email with a zip file that contains generally the main certificate, root, and intermediate certificate (CA Bundle). Root and Intermediate certificates will be installed via MMC (Microsoft Management Console) for IIS. The rest main certificate will be installed in IIS 10 directly.

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Thawte SSL Web Server OV $60.00/yr. $172.50/yr. Read More
Comodo EV SSL EV $49.00/yr. $78.98/yr. Read More
Comodo Positive SSL Wildcard DV $45.00/yr. $229.00/yr. Read More
Comodo Positive SSL Multi Domain DV $21.60/yr. $165.00/yr. Read More
Comodo Positive SSL Multi-Domain Wildcard DV $120.00/yr. $349.13/yr. Read more
GeoTrust Multi Domain EV EV $390.00/yr. $933.85/yr. Read More

So, let us go through the process of installing root and intermediate certificates first.

Adding Root and Intermediate certificate via MMC:

  • First, open MMC (Microsoft Management Console) by typing mmc in the Run box.

mmc command in windows 10

  • Browse the File menu, click on ‘Add/Remove Snap-in‘ Window.

Add Remove Snap-in in MMC

  • Now, click on Add button and you will have ‘Add Standalone Snap-in’ window where you double click on Certificates.

Add Standalone Snap-in

  • Select Computer Account and click Next button.

Certificates snap-in

  • Select Local Computer and click the Finish button.

local computer selection

  • Close ‘Add Standalone Snap-in’. Click ‘OK‘ in the ‘Add/Remove Snap-in‘ Window and return to MMC.

Import Root and Intermediate Certificate:

  • Open MMC and right-click on the Trusted Root Certification Authorities folder found under the Certificates folder, choose All Tasks, and then click on Import.

Import Root Certificate

  • You will have Certificate Import Wizard, click the Next button.

Welcome screen of Certificate Import Wizard

  • Browse the Root certificate and click the Next button. When the wizard process completes, click on the Finish button.

Uploading Root certificate using Certificate Import Wizard

  • Again, Open MMC and right-click on the Intermediate Certification Authorities folder found under the Certificates folder, choose All Tasks, and then click on Import.

Selection of Intermediate Certification Authorities

  • You will have Certificate Import Wizard, click the Next button.

Welcome screen of Certificate Import Wizard

  • Click on the Browse button, find Intermediate files, and click the Next button.

browse intermediate certificates

  • At last, click on the Finish button.
  • You have now imported Root and Intermediate certificates.

SSL Certificate Installation in IIS 10:

  • Open IIS Manager with WIN + R key or type inetmgr in the search box. Double click on the Server Certificates icon on the home page of the IIS manager.

iis10 install ssl certificate

  • Browse the Action panel, click on Complete Certificate Request link.

Complete Certificate Request

  • In the “Specify Certificate Authority Response” window, you should perfume below tasks and then click OK to import the certificate to the storage:
    • Filename: Browse the certificate file
    • Friendly name: Give a friendly name to locate the certificate easily.
    • Select Certificate store: Keep it Personal by default.

iis10 install ssl certificate-3

  • You will find a new certificate under the Server Certificate page.

Server Certificate in IIS

  • It is time to bind the new certificate to secure port 443. On the left side, expand Sites found in the Connections Panel in the IIS manager. Select websites, return to Actions panel and select Bindings.

Site Bindings in IIS 10

  • You will have a Site Binding window, click on Add button.

Site Binding

  • In Add Site Binding window, select HTTPS, Select All Unassigned in IP address column, and Select Port as 443. Under the SSL certificates menu, select the certificate specified as a friendly name. Click OK button.

HTTPS selection

  • You will have new entry in Site Binding window. Click on Close button.

New Entry added in Site Binding

Your SSL certificate is now installed successfully. You can check with SSL checker to see if the certificate is installed successfully or not.

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