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IIS certificate and security

Posted on 2014-04-09
Last Modified: 2014-05-01

I have two quick questions:

1.  I have a hot/warm server architecture for my IIS server in that if the primary fails, I will have to restore my SQL database backup to the warm server; however I'm unsure of what I would need to do for my IIS security certificate.  It is installed on the primary server as servername.com and was wondering how I would re-install it on the warm?  Can I do it as the same name of the hot or do I have to change the name?  I'd like to install it now, but don't want it to interfere with the current hot server.

2.  What is the best way of securing IIS?  I was going to run MBSA to have it scan for patches, but was also wondering how to harden it better.

Question by:soadmin
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becraig earned 500 total points
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Export the certificate from the HOT IIS server
MMC.exe - add remove snapin
computer account
local computer

identify the certificate in use and right click on it and export
be sure to click "Export Private Key"
save to a .pfx file.

Copy that file to the warm server and then install via the mmc
MMC.exe - add remove snapin
computer account
local computer

Right click on certificates and import
Point to the file you just created
Enter the password etc and proceed to complete.

Once that is done you can bind the cert to the relevant site in IIS and leave the site down until you need to fail over.

You can do it all as the same name just leave the warm server not running until you actually need to fail over.
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by:Brad Bouchard
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Copy that file to the warm server and then install via the mmc
Make sure to include any Root and Intermediate Certificates if needed.  Here is a guide on that if you need to:  http://supportline.microfocus.com/Documentation/books/reUZE_Server_60/cjtcer.htm
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