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SSL Certificate Installation for IIS

Updated Time:2020-10-22 09:56:37

The article will show you the following instructions of SSL certificate installation for Microsoft IIS 7 server. OK, let's start!

What You'll Need

Download a Zip-archive including your certificate from your NicSRS account. In the Zip-archive, the IIS folder contains your certificate file named with your_domain_name.pfx, a .key file, and password.txt.


If your certificate is not PFX format, please use the tool Convert Your SSL to change the appropriate format for IIS.

Installation instructions

1.     Launch IIS Manager

Click Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools, and then select Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.


Alternatively, access it via Win+R > inetmgr > OK.


2.     Select your server name

In the left Connections menu, select the server name (host) where you want to install the certificate.


3.     Navigate to the Security section

In the center menu, click the Server Certificates icon under the Security section near the bottom.


4.     Click Complete Certificate Request

In the Actions right-side section, click Complete Certificate Request.



5.     Browse to your Server Certificate

In the Complete Certificate Request wizard, click “” to browse and select Your Server Certificate file that was previously saved on your server's desktop.


6.     Name your certificate

Enter a Friendly Name which is an internal reference name to distinguish the file later. We recommend including the CAs name and expiration date. Finally, click OK.installation-msiis7-step7.png


The imported certificate is now shown in the list of Server Certificates. Now you will need to assign or bind the certificate to your appropriate website.

Binding Your Certificate to Your Website

1.     Access your Sites folder

In the Connections menu, select your webserver, expand the Sites menu and choose the website you want to assign the certificate to.


2.     Click Bindings

Then, click Bindings in the Actions section.



3.     Click Add

In Site Bindings window, click Add.


Note: If you already have the appropriate site binding created, click “Edit” and change the SSL Certificate accordingly.

4.     Input the following

In Add Site Bindings, enter the following parameters:

Type – https

IP Address – All unassigned or your IP address

Port – 443

SSL Certificates – friendly name of the SSL certificate you just installed.

You can always click “View” to confirm the certificates validity details.


5.     Click OK

Click OK and the new binding to your live website has been successfully created.


Congratulations! You've successfully installed an SSL certificate on Microsoft IIS 7. To check your work, visit the website in your browser at https://yourdomain.tld and view the certificate/site information to see if HTTPS/SSL is working properly. Remember, you may need to restart your server for changes to take effect.


To check your server's configurations more thoroughly, use our SSL Checker Tool or contact our Customer Services Department for additional assistance.