Config file location for Server secure certs

Where does IIS 7 store information about the server secure certificates?  I need to verify what is happening, as one is disappearing after I add it.

Thanks!

--Ben
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAsked:
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systechadminConsultantCommented:
it happens when SSL certificate that doesn't contain both the public and the private key causes the issue to disappear the certificate from the IIS. Make sure the certificate was installed properly.

Check below URLs:

https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/9773/2238/ssl-disappears-from-the-certificate-list-on-windows-server

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vijaysk/2009/05/22/disappearing-ssl-certificates-from-iis-7-0-manager/
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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Oh!  That's interesting.  
The typical approach I follow is to request a ssl cert.  Then I submit it to the cert authority.  Once I receive the cert, I then complete the CSR request.  

Will follow the links and see if I can determine what went sideways.

Thanks!

--Ben
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systechadminConsultantCommented:
yes that is the process actually. but u can refer the links and see if that fixes the issue. also try to check logs or any events on the server for this behaviour
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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Ran through the steps for the first URL and got the CertUtil failed message indicating the private key is absent on this server.  So apparently it isn't saving the private key after it generates it.

Not sure why.  One approach I'm going to try is to do this on another server I have; if that works, I'll export it and try to import it into this server.

--Ben
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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Hi,

While the first link diagnosed the problem (IIS 7 wasn't storing the cert request), a comment after the article gave a good hint on a workaround.  I went to another server I own, created the cert fine there, exported it and imported it to the IIS 7 box.  That ended up being the solution and is stable.

Not sure why this server is acting up but it only needs to keep glued together for a few more weeks, then I can kill it.

Thanks much!!!

--Ben
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