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Where to save .cer file

Posted on 2011-03-23
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I have outlook at my office computer which I have a macro that I want to run for it. Network policy requires a digital certificate but selfcert.exe is not an option. So at my home computer, I created a selfcert and emailed it to myself. Back at work I downloaded and save it but when I got to digitally sign the macro there is no certificate option. Is there a specific location that I should save the .cer file under? Is it looking for the file in just one specific location?

Thanks for any help
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by:e_aravind
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IMO,
Try installing the self-signed cert back on your certificate store

MMC >> certificates >> current user >> personal >> certificates
(from there import the cert)
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by:matrixnz
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Or just double click the certificate it should be associated by default.
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by:btan
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look at the "Microsoft Internet Explorer v 6" import session.

http://security.fnal.gov/pki/Export-Personal-Cert.html
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by:phl1331
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Sorry but none of these worked for me. Trying other options rather than self certify
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understand that to sign macro you will need to have the private keys such that it is not just a .cer file but rather a .p12 or .pem or .pfx. The latter contain both public and private keys as compared to .cer file. Only with the private key you can signed macro.

Hence, you either have to get the security admin from your company to issue you a test cert or your self signed cert need to be generated. But noted you mentioned selfcer is not an option.

From the article, the certificate will still need to be in your personal cer store. am suspecting the .cer is not enough.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/digitally-sign-a-macro-project-HA001231781.aspx
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while not able to fix my problem, the reason why was given
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