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Solution ID : SO6275

Last Modified : 05/02/2018

Export or Back Up an SSL certificate in Microsoft IIS 5.0, 6.0, 7.x, and 8.0

Problem

Backup private key

Solution

In some situations, you may want to export or back up a server certificate. For example, to store a back up copy of your private and public keys, or if you are moving (migrating) a Web site to another server.

 
To export or back up an SSL certificate from Microsoft IIS 5.0, 6.0, 7.x, and 8.0, you save a copy of the certificate (including its associated private key) to a PFX file:
 
Step 1: Create a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Snap-in for managing certificates 
 
Create a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Snap-in for managing certificates, as described in solution SO14292.
 
Step 2: Export the certificate 
  1. Open the Certificates (Local Computer) snap-in you added > select Personal > Certificates
  2. Right-click certificate name > select All Tasks > Export.
  3. The Certificate Export Wizard opens > click Next
  4. Select Yes, export the private key > click Next
  5. Select Personal Information Exchange
  6. Ensure to check only Include all certificates in the certificate path if possible > click Next
  7. Enter and confirm a password > click Next
  8. Choose a file name and location for the export file > click Next
  9. Click Finish

Note: RapidSSL strongly recommends that you save the file to a diskette or CD. If you saved the file to a local disk, then the PFX file is copied when the disk is backed up. This may compromise security.