How to install SSL Certificate on Windows Server 2012

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

1) Open the ZIP file that includes the SSL Certificate and save the SSL Certificate file (your_domain_name.cer) to the desktop of the web server which is to be secured.

2) Open Information Services (IIS) Manager.

3) In Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, under Connections, select the required server’s Hostname.

4) In the menu, double click the Server Certificates icon.

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5) In the Action menu, click Complete Certificate Request wizard.

6) In the Complete Certificate Request wizard, on the Specify Certificate Authority Response page, under File name containing the certification authority’s response, click to browse to the .cer certificate. Select the file, and then click Open.

7) Next, in the friendly name box, enter a friendly name for the certificate. The name is not part of the certificate, but it is used to identify the certificate.

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8) To install the SSL Certificate to the server, click OK.

9) After successful SSL Certificate installation to the server, we should bind the certificate to the desired domain.


Binding the Certificate to the desired Website

 1) In the Internet Information Services (IIS), click on Bindings in the Action menu (on the right) which will open Site Bindings window.

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2) In the Site Bindings window, click in Add which will open an Add Site Binding window.

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3) In the type box choose https. The IP address should be the domain name, and port over which the connection will be secured by SSL which is 443.

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4) Click OK.

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5) The SSL certificate is now installed successfully.


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5 Responses to “How to install SSL Certificate on Windows Server 2012”

  1. Tom says:

    And what happens when the certificate does not appear in the dropdown list of available SSL Certificates when you go to do the Bindings? What would cause this? And what would cause it being kicked out of the Server Certificates section when you go back to it? What would cause it not to import correctly through the Complete Certificate Request wizard? We tried doing this multiple ways – both extracting from the Certificate Authority Issued Certificates to Binary Certificate, loading that to the Trusted Root CAs and Personal, then doing the wizard in IIS and exporting as Base-64 encoded .CER and doing the same. It does not want to stay in Server Certificates – even if it will import to Personal successfully – and won’t appear in the dropdown list under Bindings in order to add HTTPS.

  2. Nitin says:

    I have installed SSL certificate but it does not listed in server certificate
    How can I solve this problem.

  3. Tavares says:

    I have this same issue with the certificate not showing up in the drop down box in the edit binding area.

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