How to change SSL CERT hostname and provider for IIS 6?

Our test IIS installation is using a certificate which sorta works for the IIS needs but doesn't really fit the need.
We want to change the host name referenced on the certificate and the vendor from whom it's provided.
As the old cert is still installed, the IIS certificate wizard assumes the same host name.   It looks like I have to disable the installed cert in order for the wizard to prompt for a new name.   Disabling the cert will effectively take the server out of service while the new request is processed and the result installed.

Is there a way to request a certificate for the same server, different name while keeping the old one temporarily in place?

Thank you.
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Brad HoweDevOps ManagerCommented:
hi RichardKline,

What you need to do is create a dummy website to create the certificate request.

Then submit the certreq.txt to your CA (the provider you want to sign it) to have to have your certificate.cer created.

Then you complete the dummy site registration as this will add the SSL certificate to the correct CA store. Next remvoe the certificate from the dummy site to have is available to be re-assigned.

Lastly, you can just use the "replace current certificate" option on the existing site to update your website with the new certificate.

Then delete the old website.

If you need really detailed instructions, let me know.


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RichardKlineAuthor Commented:
Gotcha!  I was thinking that might work but didn't want to "break" anything.
Will try that within the next couple of hours
Brad HoweDevOps ManagerCommented:
You can't break anything with this :) just make sure the configured name and friendly name are the currect URL.

Worst case you delete the dummy site and start over.

RichardKlineAuthor Commented:
All working as expected with the new SSL cert.

Brad HoweDevOps ManagerCommented:
No prob. Glad i could help. - Hades666
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