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Install a Dedicated SSL Certificate on a Windows Server 2003 OS

This FAQ explains the steps needed to install an SSL Certificate on a Windows Server 2003 OS ordered through the 1&1 Control Panel from GeoTrust. The installation is carried out via the use of a PFX file that can be generated from the 1&1 Control Panel. If you have not yet generated a PFX file, please log into your server via Remote Desktop, log into the 1&1 Control Panel and reference How do I generate the PFX file?

Step 1
Log in to your server using Remote Desktop. Please reference How do I log in to my Windows Server via Remote Desktop? for more information.
Step 2
Open IIS Manager by clicking Start -> Administrative Tools -> Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
Step 3
Double-click the computer name on the right-hand side of the window.

Step 4
Double-click the Web Sites folder on the right-hand side of the window.

Step 5
Find the web site in the list that will being using the ordered SSL and right-click that website and select Properties.

Step 6
Find and click the Directory Security tab.

Step 7
Find and click the Server Certificate button.

Step 8
The Web Server Certificate Wizard opens. Click the Next button to proceed through the wizard.

Step 9
Select the option to Import a certificate from a .pfx file and click the next button.

Step 10
Click the Browse button and select the .pfx file where ever it is located on the server. If you have not already generated the .pfx file or do not have it saved to the server, it is suggested that you log into the 1&1 Control Panel from your server and reference the How do I generate the PFX file? to create and save the .pfx file on your server. After the .pfx file has been selected, click the Next button.

Step 11
Enter the password you chose when generating the PFX file into the text box. Click the Next button.

Step 12
The default port that the SSL will use is port 443. If you have a specific program or service that will use this SSL on a non-standard port, you must enter the correct port here. Otherwise, leave the default port of 443 and click the Next button.

Step 13
Double-check all of the information for the SSL install to ensure it is correct. If no changes are necessary, click the Next button.

Step 14
Click the Finish button to complete the Wizard.


You may now open up a browser and navigate to https://domain.com where domain.com is the domain or subdomain that the SSL was ordered for and verify the install was successful.

If you assigned the SSL Certificate to www.your_domain.com, then make sure you add the header by following the FAQ: What is a host header?