Cannot import pfx certificate file into IIS

Posted on 2011-03-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi, I've just 'purchased' a free SSL trial certificate and been following the instructions for installation carefully as it's my first delve into such things.

I'm currently at the stage where I've generated a pfx file on the vendor website as instructed and now trying to import it into IIS (5.1 on XP Pro) with the web server certificate wizard. I get the following error:

"Cannot import Key Ring backup file. Either you entered the wrong password or certificate is expired"

I've double checked password obviously but now I'm stuck as certificate vendor 'cannot help with installation'. Anyone have any ideas please?
Question by:nigelr99
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NotVeryFat earned 250 total points
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Does this help:

Basically, import the file using the MMC certificate snap in, and then import into IIS.

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Thanks - I worked through that and it was going well until I try and 'assign existing certificate' - the one that was imported as laid out was not available to select? I checked it was imported into the 'personal' store and it's listed in the mmc as expected. Any ideas please?

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ID: 35018322
Have you tried restarting the IIS services?
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ID: 35018522
Mmm.. just tried that as well, plus full reboot but it's still not showing?

Assisted Solution

NotVeryFat earned 250 total points
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When you first opened Certificate Manager through MMC, did you open it as 'Computer Account'. Just looked on one of my IIS servers, and that's where they all are.

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You got it! Thanks, your last comment was a minor detail I missed in the original link you sent.
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You're welcome. Glad you've now got your little green padlock!!

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