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 How do I move my SSL certificate from Windows IIS 6 to IIS 7?

You must first export the certificate and private key from IIS 6 into a .pfx file. This file will contain everything you need to move the certificate over to an IIS 7 server.

To export the certificate and private key from IIS 6:

1 - Start > Run and type "MMC" and hit enter

2 - Click File, Add/Remove Snap-in

3 - Click Add

4 - Select "Certificates" and click Add

5 - A wizard will open. Select computer account and click next

6 - Select Local Computer and click finish

7 - Click close

8 - Click Okay

9 - Expand Certificates on the left hand side of the console window

10 - Locate the personal certificate folder, right click on it and select import under all tasks

11 - Locate the certificate you need to export in the personal folder. Right click on it and select export under all tasks.

12 - In the export wizard, select the option to export the private key

13 - Select the file format to be PKCS#12 and check off "Include all certificates in the certification path if possible"

14 - Provide a password for the file and complete the wizard

You can now take the exported .pfx file and move it to the IIS 7 server.


To install the certificate in IIS 7, please follow these instructions:

1 - Start > Run and type "MMC" and hit enter

2 - Click File, Add/Remove Snap-in

3 - Click Add

4 - Select "Certificates" and click Add

5 - A wizard will open. Select computer account and click next

6 - Select Local Computer and click finish

7 - Click close

8 - Click Okay

9 - Expand Certificates on the left hand side of the console window

10 - Locate the personal certificate folder, right click on it and select import under all tasks

11 - Point the wizard to the .pfx file and complete

12 - Open up IIS 7 and click on the site in the left hand connections menu

13 - Under actions, select bindings

14 - Click the Add button to add a new binding

15 - The type will be https, IP address ''All unassigned'' and port set to 443

16 - From the SSL certificate drop down, select the cert your just imported through the MMC and click OK

17 - Stop and Start the server.