Exporting an SSL Certificate in Windows

Sometimes it’s useful to be able to get a certificate being used on one server and move it to the other server without having to go through the whole enrollment process.  In Windows, SSL certificates can be exported to a file so that you can then import it somewhere else.  While there are a lot of considerations and restrictions on how you would use this exported certificate, I’m simply going to look at how to perform the export.

1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager and select the server

IIS - Select Server

 2. Double-click on the “Server Certificates” icon in the Features View of the server

IIS - Select Server Certificates

3. In the “Server Certificates” pane, select the certificate you wish to export and click on “Export…” in the “Actions” pane

Select Cert and Export2

4. In the “Export Certificates” window, fill in the required information and click “OK”

Export Certificate

You must assign a password in order to export the certificate.  Make sure you record this somewhere because there is no way to recover the password if you lose it.

Exporting an SSL certificate from Windows is a pretty easy task.  I hope this has been useful information.  Please let me know what you think!

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