SSL on IIS 7.0 - Vista Self Signed Certificate

You've been working with IIS for years and thought you knew your way around the settings didn't you?  Then Vista came along with IIS 7.0 and now you feel lost.  Join the club!  I recently needed to get a self-signed SSL cert going on my development desktop and was stumped.  Then I found Govind's Web Log post and it turned out to be a quick setup.

  1. Open IIS 7.0 Manager.
  2. Click in the left pane on your server (or desktop) name.  This is what stumped me.  Now, the options you need will appear on the right.
  3. Double click on Server Certificates in the middle pane (or main pane).
  4. Now in the right pane, you'll have the options you need to Create Self-Signed Certificate or you can start the process for a real cert.  Click on that link.
  5. Give the cert a name, any name will do...(i.e. LocalDesktopCert)

So now you have the cert created but you need to assign it to your site.  Scott Guthrie has a great blog post (lot's of pictures <g>) that shows you step by step how to bind the cert to your site.  In fact, Scott's article really walks you through the whole process.  Here's the short version but your really should check out his post for the full 'visual'.

  1. Click on your web site in IIS 7.0 Manager.
  2. In the right pane, click Bindings.
  3. Click Add
  4. Change the Type to HTTPS
  5. Select your previously created cert from the drop down and click OK

It's really not that fact it's quite easy with Vista.   It just takes a while to find where things are and making sure you click on the correct thing on the left column to bring up the desired options in the middle or right pane.

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