SSL Cert "The Pending Certificate Request for this response file was not found"

Posted on 2009-12-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Every time I try to process the pending request I get  "The Pending Certificate Request for this response file was not found". I have recreated the CSR and reissued the certificate several times. I know in IIS 5 you could look in the cert mmc and see the request certificate. I can see a "Requests" folder in the mmc for IIS 6. Is it labeled differently? Any idea why it wont accept the response?

GeoTrust is telling me to save the response as a txt, but the wizard is looking for a cer. I have tried both. (renaming no file conversion)
Question by:iesolutions
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    Accepted Solution

    Try this on the box that created the CSR file that you submitted to GeoTrust:
    open MMC and add snapin for Certificates - computer account - expand Personal - select Certificates.
    Right click the Certificates folder - all tasks - import
    Follow the wizard to import the last cert issued to you.
    Open the cert and see if it reports having the private key.
    If not:
    Open the cert properties and view the Details tab - select Serial Number field - copy the number and paste into Notepad - Ctl+H to replace <space> with nothing - Copy this.
    Open cmd box and type:
    certutil -repairstore My <right-click - Paste Serial Number here>
    If successful, then go back to MMC and see if private key message is there if you open up the cert's properties again.

    If so, then you can go to IIS and have it select from store and it should be there now.

    You can also export from the MMC and include the private key to make a .pfx file which you can import in to IIS as well as a saved file.

    Expert Comment

    Ah thanks this worked for me as well. I found my missing cert in the personal folder instead of the certificates folder for some reason. Moved it and it showed up again!

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