Follow these instructions to install your SSL server certificate.

  1. Your SSL server certificate will be sent to you by email. The email message includes the web server certificate that you purchased in the body of the email message. Copy the certificate from the body of the email and paste it into a simple text editor, such as Notepad.
  2. Save this as yourdomain.cer on your desktop or other location where you can find it later.
  3. In IIS Manager, double-click the local computer, and then double-click the Web Sites folder.
  4. Right-click the Web site for which you want to install the SSL certificate on and then click Properties. By default it will be Default Web Site, yours may be different.

    Select Default Web Site

  5. Select the Directory Security tab and click Server Certificate in the Secure communications section.
  6. Click Next in the Welcome to the Web Server Certificate Wizard window.
  7. Select Process the pending request and install the certificate, Click Next.
  8. Browse to locate the yourdomain.cer file when prompted to locate your web server certificate. Click Next.
  9. Verify SSL Port 443 in the SSL Port dialog box.
  10. Review the Certificate Summary screen and ensure that you are processing the correct certificate. Click Next.
  11. Click Finish to complete the IIS Certificate Wizard.
  12. Again, Right-click on the site in IIS and click Properties.
  13. Select the Web Site tab. In the Web Site Identification section make sure that your site has an IP address and that the SSL port is 443. Click OK.

    Set SSL Port to 443

Test Your SSL Certificate

Test your SSL certificate by using a browser to connect to your server. Use the https protocol directive. For example, if your SSL was issued to, enter into your browser.

Your browser’s padlock icon Browser padlock will be displayed in the locked position if your certificate is installed correctly and the server is properly configured for SSL.