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How do I test if an SSL certificate is working on my Windows 2003 / IIS without actually going live yet?

Last Modified: 2008-04-24
Currently I have an SSL certificate for www.mydomain.com. My website is in testing phase (Windows 2003 / IIS) so how to I test that my SSL certificate is working for www.mydomain.com without actually going live? I changed my host to "192.168.0.XXX    mydomain.com" and "192.168.0.XXX    www.mydomain.com" but only http://mydomain.com works from the local box. www.mydomain.com doesn't work which makes me think the www is making it go to the web. Am I going about testing an SSL offline all wrong? I would greatly appreciate any help.
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KeithRetired IT Pro

Go live in test mode using an external ip address on the Internet.  Then you can test using https://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx and see if it comes up secure.


I already tried it and it gives me page can't be displayed. And I'm thinking the reason is because the certificate was only created for https://www.mydomain.com. Unless there's something else wrong.
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KeithRetired IT Pro

Make sure you are using HTTPS, not HTTP.  If it still can't find it, and other HTTPS sites work in your environment, I suspect a basic web publishing issue is at work here.  You should get a certificate warning if your cert is not valid.
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