|This solution contains two Methods to install your SSL Certificate:
Method 1: Installing the certificate received via e-mail.
Method 2 (recommended): Installing the certificate downloaded from the RapidSSL User Portal.
Method 1: Download and Install SSL certificate sent via e-mail
Step 1: Obtain the SSL certificate sent via email:
1. The RapidSSL certificate will be sent by email.
2. Copy the certificate imbedded in the body of the email and paste it into a text file
using Vi or Notepad.
The text file should look like:
3. Make sure there are 5 dashes to either side of the BEGIN CERTIFICATE and END CERTIFICATE and
that no white spaces, extra line breaks or additional characters have been inadvertently added.
4. Save the certificate filename with the .cer extension. For example: public.cer
Step 2: Download and Install the Intermediate CAs:
Note: Download the certificate from the RapidSSL User Portal by
following the steps from this link: SO16222
Make sure you download the certificate in PKCS#7 format and save it with the extension .txt or .p7b
1. Open the Internet Services Manager (IIS):
2. Click Start
3. Select All Programs
4. Select Administrative Tools
5. Choose Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
6. Under Web Sites, right-click your web site and select Properties.
7. Click the Directory Security tab.
8. Under Secure Communications, click Server Certificate
9. The Web Site Certificate Wizard will open, click Next.
10. Choose Process the Pending Request and Install the Certificate, then click Next.
Note: The pending request must match the response file. If you deleted the pending
request in error you must generate a new CSR and replace this certificate.
To generate a new Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on IIS 6 server, refer to article AR1667
To reissue RapidSSL certificate, refer to solution SO5757
11. Select the location of the certificate response file, and then click Next.
12. Read the summary screen to be sure that you are processing the correct certificate and then click Next.
13. You see a confirmation screen. After you read this information, click Next.
14. Be sure to assign your site an SSL port (443 by default).
15. Stop and start your Web server prior to any testing.
Note: In some cases the changes may not take place after restarting IIS Services
and a re-boot is needed.
Step 4: Verify certificate installation
To verify the SSL certificate installation, use the RapidSSL Installation Checker
all virtual servers created on the system.
particular server IP address.