Generate an Internet Server Certificate (IIS)

Follow the steps below to generate an Internet Server Certificate for IIS. These instructions require that you have already installed IIS on your system. For additional information, or if you have not installed IIS, see Product Setup before continuing.

  1. Request and install an Internet Server Certificate.
    For instructions specific to your version of Windows, go to the corresponding links:
    OS Version Instructions
    Windows 7, 2008 R2 Configuring Internet Server Certificates (IIS 7) and Web Server (IIS) Support for Application Server
    Windows 8, 10, 2012, 2016 IIS 8.0 Centralized SSL Certificate Support
  2. Restart IIS.
    For Windows 7, 8, and 10, click Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools. Double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. Go to the Web server node in the navigation tree. In the Actions pane, click Restart.

    For Windows 2008 R2, click Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Server Manager. For Windows 2012 and 2016, click Server Manager in the taskbar. Go to the Content View page. In the Actions pane, click Restart.

  3. Test your SSL configuration.
    Go to the following address in a browser:
    https://your-host-name/
  4. If desired, generate a Self-Signed Certificate
    You may need to generate a self-signed certificate because:
    • You don't plan on having your certificate signed by a CA.
    • Or you wish to test your new SSL implementation while the CA is signing your certificate.

    For instructions on how to create and install an IIS self-signed testing certificate, see: Create a Self-Signed Server Certificate in IIS 7.

    Test your self-signed certificate by going to the following URL in a browser:

    https://localhost/