IIS 5, Private Key
Posted on 2002-04-08
To make a long story short, the "All Users.WINNT" folder in a Win2k Server machine with IIS 5 got deleted.
Whenever I try to export the private key & certificate (for the 2nd one we were issued) it says it's not exportable (this was not restored from a previous backup with the "exportable" option unchecked).
I have a .pfx backup of the 1st certificate we were issued, which contains both the private key & certificate.
My question is, do all certificates use the same private key (e.g. is the private key unique for every server, for for every certificate)? If they do, does anyone know of a way to join the private key from the 1st certificate to the 2nd one? That might mean "hacking" into the OS, but if anyone knows of anything I'd be really happy. :)
I was reading about the metabase IIS uses where everything is stored. Before I spend hours programming something I'd like to know if there's already a program that will do it and if it's even possible through the metabase API in the Win2k SDK.
I'd even be willing to give more than 300 points through another question if you can fix it for me. What sucks is that we got the certificate a month ago and won't expire for some time. And yes, I know to back it up next time--I'm somewhat new to SSL.