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How do I copy or Transfer an SSL certificate from a Windows server to another Windows Server ?


Copying an SSL certificate from another on the server may be necessary if you are running multiple servers and want to use a WildCard Certificate . The export an SSL certificate is then very important if you change your hosting provider.

At this point we assume that you have your SSL certificate successfully installed on a Windows web server. The following instructions will explain in three sections as you copy or transfer the certificate furnished to another server .


  • 1 : Export the SSL certificate PFX with private key and all intermediate certificates to a file.
  • 2 : Import the SSL certificate and private key to the new server .
  • 3 : Configuration of the website in connection with your SSL certificate.



Please note: This manual explains how to export an SSL certificate using the MMC console. If you use a Windows Server 2008 ( IIS7 ), you can export the certificate directly in the " Server Certificates " area of ​​the IIS.

Export the certificate from the Windows MMC console


  • From the Start menu click "Run" .
  • Type mmc and click " OK"
  • Click on the menu " File" and then click "Add / Remove Snap-in ... "
  • If you are using Windows Server 2003 , click on the button " Add" . Then click double-click on "Certificates" .
  • Select the "Computer Account" option and then click "Next".
  • Leave the default " Local Computer " and click "Finish"
  • If you are using Windows Server 2003 , please click on the "Close" button . Then "OK".
  • Now please click the Plus button in the left menu next to "Certificates" .
  • Now click again on the plus button next to " Personal Folder " and then click on the folder " Certificates" . As of right mouse button click on the
  • certificate you want to export. Then select " All Tasks " and then select " Export ..." .
  • In the Certificate Export Wizard , click "Next" .
  • Now select the option " Yes , export the private key" and then click "Next".
  • In the " Personal Information Exchange " select the option "Include all certificates in the certificate path if possible"
  • Now put please a password that you can remember . This password is required every time you want to import the certificate on another server.
  • Click on "Browse" and select a location for the . Pfx file. Select the file name of a name in the form " meinedomain.pfx " and then click "Next".
  • Click on "Finish". The . Pfx file with your certificate and the private key is now stored in the folder you specified earlier .



Import a certificate from the Windows MMC console.

After you have successfully exported your certificate , upload the created . Pfx file directly to the new server .


  • On the Start menu click "Run" .
  • Type mmc and click " OK"
  • Click on the menu " File" and then click "Add / Remove Snap-in ... "
  • If you are using Windows Server 2003 , click on the button " Add" . Then click double-click on "Certificates" .
  • Select the "Computer Account" option and then click "Next".
  • Leave the default " Local Computer " and click "Finish"
  • If you are using Windows Server 2003 , please click on the "Close" button . Then "OK".
  • Click the right mouse button on the folder "Personal " , then select the option " All Tasks " and then " Import ..."
  • In the Certificate Import Wizard , click "Next" .
  • Click now please click the "Browse ..." button and change the file type of " x.509 ... " to " Personal Information exchange ( * . Pfx , * . P12 ) . Visit
  • now the imported . PFX file and click " Open " then click "Next" .
  • Here Please enter the previously created password for your. Pfx file. Be sure to check " Mark this key as exportable " option. This will ensure that you can
  • export the certificate by this server. Then click on "Next".
  • In the next window select the option " Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate " and then click "Next " .
  • Click to conclude on " Finish" to complete the import wizard .
  • You can now click the " Resfresh " button in the toolbar , then you can see the certificate in the Personal Ornder / Certificates .
  • You can check the installation of your certificate by double-clicking and looking for the entry "You have a private key corresponds to this certificate" at the bottom of this page .
  • Close the MMC console. Another store is not necessary.



Assign the imported SSL certificate.

After you have successfully imported the . Pfx file, it needs to be assigned in IIS.


  • call in IIS on the host name where the certificate will be assigned.
  • Go to the tab " diretory Security " and click there on the button " Server Certificate " button to start the Server Certificate Wzard .
  • If you already have a certificate for that host name , you must first remove it and start the wizard again.
  • Now click on "Assign to existing Certificate" and then click " Next".
  • Select the imported certificate and click "Next".
  • Click on "Finish". It may be necessary to restart the server so that the certificate for the hostname works.

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