This article will demonstrate how to install an SSL Certificate on IIS (Internet Information Services). Simply put, IIS is the “default” web server for the Windows OS.
Let us begin with a few assumption:
- You are generating a self signed certificate with IIS.
- You already have IIS installed. These instructions are based on Windows 10. If you do not already have IIS installed you can follow the instructions here.
SSL Certificate Installation Instructions for ISS
- Launch Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager by pressing your Window key, searching for IIS, and clicking on the IIS Manager app.
- Select the server name you wish to install the SSL Certificate on.
- Double click the Server Certificates option.
- Click the Create Self-Signed Certificate option in the right hand column under Actions.
- Provide a common name (the FQDN of your website) and click OK.
- Click Sites -> Default Web Site in the left hand column under Connections.
- Click Bindings in the right hand column under Actions.
- Add a new binding of type https for port 443. Set the Host name to be the same as the common name on the self signed certificate. Set the SSL certificate to the one created in step 4.
- Go to the FQDN of your website in your browser and check that the SSL connection is in place.
Conclusion – Install SSL Certificate on IIS
This article has demonstrated how to install an SSL certificate in IIS. The IIS Manager provides all of the features needed for the installation including generating a self signed certificate, creating and completing a Certificate Signing Request, and creating the binding for your website.
For SSL certificate installation instructions for other web servers check out our other posts:
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