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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


Backup private key


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.