Installation Instructions for Microsoft IIS 5.0

Solution ID:    SO6280    Updated:    04/15/2016


This document provides instructions for installing Certificates into IIS 5.0. If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, RapidSSL recommends that you contact Microsoft.
RapidSSL now offers the GeoTrust SSL Assistant to make it easy to generate a CSR and install a certificate for Microsoft IIS 5.0 servers running .NET 2.0 or higher.
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:

            -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----

                     [encoded data]

            -----END CERTIFICATE-----

    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:

           To download and install the Intermediate CAs follow the steps from this link: SO16588
Step 3: Install the SSL certificate:
           To proceed with the installation steps for your SSL certificate click here.
Step 1: Download the SSL certificate from RapidSSL User Portal 

           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.

Step 2: Installing the SSL Certificate into IIS 5

    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 5 server, refer to this page.
           To reissue RapidSSL certificate, refer to solution SO5757

   11.    Select the location of the certificate response file, and then click Next.

            Note:  By default the wizard will look for a ".cer" file. Click the drop-down arrow next to File Types, and select All Files. Then Browse to the location where the certificate.p7b file was saved.

   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: If the changes do not take affect after restarting IIS a re-boot is recommended.

Step 4:  Verify certificate installation

            To verify the SSL certificate installation, use the RapidSSL Installation Checker

Additional Notes:

            If you do not specify an IP address when installing your SSL Certificate, the same ID will be used for
            all virtual servers created on the system.
            If you are hosting multiple sites on a single server, you can specify that the ID only be used for a
            particular server IP address.

Microsoft Support
            For more information, contact Microsoft.


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