IIS SSL

Use the DigiCert® Certificate Utility for Windows to create a CSR and install your new SSL certificate on your Windows Server 2016

When it's time to renew your SSL certificate, you can use the DigiCert® Certificate Utility for Windows, to simply the process.

These instructions explain how to use the DigiCert® Certificate Utility for Windows, your DigiCert account, and IIS 10 to create your CSR, renew your SSL certificate, to install your certificate, and to use IIS 10 to configure your Windows Server 2016 to use the new certificate.

Process for Renewing Your SSL Certificate:

  1. Create your CSR with the DigiCert Certificate Utility.

    How to Create Your CSR with the DigiCert Utility.

  2. Renew your SSL certificate from your DigiCert account.

    How to Renew Your SSL Certificate

  3. Install your new SSL certificate on your Windows Server 2016 with the DigiCert Certificate Utility.

    How to Import Your SSL Certificate to Your Server with the DigiCert Utility.

  4. Use IIS 10 to configure your server to use the new SSL certificate.

    How to Use IIS 10 to Assign Your New SSL Certificate.

 

I. How to Create Your CSR with the DigiCert Utility

  1. On the Windows Server 2016 with the expiring certificate, download and save the DigiCert® Certificate Utility for Windows executable (DigiCertUtil.exe).

  2. Run the DigiCert® Certificate Utility for Windows.

    Double-click DigiCertUtil.

  3. In the DigiCert Certificate Utility for Windows©, click SSL (gold lock), select the expiring certificate, and then click Create CSR.

    Create a renewal CSR in Windows

  4. In the "Would you like to import the attributes from 'certificate' into the new CSR?" window, click Yes.

    Create a renewal CSR in Windows

  5. On the Create CSR page, verify that all the certificate details are correct and then click Generate.

    Create a renewal CSR in Windows

  6. On DigiCert Certificate Utility for Windows© - Renew Certificate page, do one of the following, and then, click Close:

    Click Copy CSR. Copies the certificate contents to the clipboard.
    If you use this option, we recommend that you paste the CSR into a tool such as Notepad.
    If you forget and copy some other item, you still have access to the CSR, and you do not have to go back and recreate it.
     
    Click Save to File. Saves the CSR as a .txt file to the Windows Server 2016.
    We recommend that you use this option.

    Copy CSR to Clipboard

 

II. How to Renew Your SSL Certificate

You can order your new SSL certificate from inside your DigiCert account.

  1. Log into your DigiCert Account.

  2. In your DigiCert account, on the My Orders tab, next to the order number for the certificate that you want to renew, click + to expand the options and then, click Renew.

  3. Follow the instructions provided inside your account to renew your SSL certificate.

    During the renewal process, you will be prompted for your CSR. To submit your CSR, you can upload the file that you saved to your Windows server 2016, or you can paste the information from the clipboard.

  4. After you place the order to renew your certificate, DigiCert verifies your information.

    If we need any additional information, we will promptly contact you by phone or email. If no additional information is required, we will most likely issue your certificate within an hour.

Ready to Order Your SSL Certificate!

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III. How to Import Your SSL Certificate to Your Server with the DigiCert Utility

Once your renewal SSL Certificate has been issued, run the DigiCert Certificate Utility to import it to your Windows server 2016.

Microsoft Certificate Store Note:

When you use the DigiCert® Certificate Utility for Windows to import/install your SSL certificates on your Windows Server 2016, it will place the certificates in the Personal store instead of the Web Hosting store. If you have less then 20 to 30 certificates, this will not be a problem.

However, if you are managing 30 or more certificates you will need to move your certificates to the Web Hosting store, which was designed to scale to a greater number of certificates. See Move a Certificate from the Personal Store to the Web Hosting Certificate Store.

Importing Your New SSL Certificate to Your Windows Server 2016

  1. On the Windows Server 2016, where you created the CSR, open the ZIP file containing your SSL certificate and save the contents of the file (e.g., your_domain_com.cer) to the folder where you saved the DigiCert Certificate Utility executable (DigiCertUtil.exe).

  2. Run the DigiCert Certificate Utility.

    Double-click DigiCertUtil.

  3. In DigiCert Certificate Utility for Windows©, click SSL (gold lock) and then click Import.

    Import an IIS 8 .cer certificate

  4. In the Certificate Import wizard, click Browse, browse to the .cer certificate file (e.g., your_domain_com.cer) that DigiCert sent you, select the file, click Open, and then, click Next.

    Import your_domain_com.cer

  5. In the Enter a new friendly name or you can accept the default box, type a friendly name for the certificate.

    Note: The friendly name is not part of the certificate. It is used to identify the certificate.

    We recommend adding DigiCert and the expiration date to the end of your friendly name, for example: yoursite-digicert-(expiration date). This information helps identify the issuer and expiration date for each certificate. It also helps distinguish multiple certificates with the same domain name.

    Assign a Friendly Name

  6. To import the SSL Certificate to your server, click Finish.

    You should receive "Your certificate has been successfully imported" message. You are now ready to assign/configure your Windows server 2016 to use the renewed SSL certificate.

    Note: If you are managing 30 or more certificates you will need to move your certificates to the Web Hosting store, which was designed to scale to a greater number of certificates. See Move a Certificate from the Personal Store to the Web Hosting Certificate Store.

 

IV. How to Use IIS 10 to Assign Your New SSL Certificate

After importing your new SSL certificate to your Windows Server 2016, you need to use IIS 10 to assign the newly imported certificate to secure your website.

If you have not yet created your certificate signing request (CSR) and ordered your certificate, see How to Create Your CSR with the DigiCert Utility.

  1. On the Windows Server 2016 to where you imported your SSL certificate with the DigiCert Certificate Utility, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

    In the Windows start menu, type Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager and open it.

  2. In the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, in the Connections menu tree (left pane), expand the name of the server on which the certificate was installed. Then expand Sites and select the site with the expiring SSL certificate.

    IIS Manager

  3. On the website Home page, in the Actions menu (right pane), under Edit Site, click the Bindings… link.

  4. In the Side Bindings window, select binding for https and then click Edit.

    IIS Manager Site Binding

  5. In the Edit Site Binding window, in the SSL certificate drop-down list, select your newly installed SSL Certificate by its friendly name and then, click OK.

    IIS Manager Edit Site Binding

  6. Your new SSL Certificate is now installed to the website.

Test Your Installation

If your website is publicly accessible, you can use our DigiCert® SSL Installation Diagnostics Tool to verify that the installation is correct. On the DigiCert® SSL Installation Diagnostics Tool page, enter the DNS name of the site (e.g., www.yourdomain.com, or mail.yourdomain.com) that you are securing to test your SSL certificate.

Troubleshooting

After you’ve installed the certificate on to the Windows server, if you run into certificate errors, try repairing your certificate trust errors using DigiCert® Certificate Utility for Windows. If this does not fix the errors, contact support.