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Windows Server 2016 SSL Certificate

Last Modified: 2019-03-19
Hi Windows Server experts,

Just need a general guidance on this scenario pls

In AWS EC2 Windows Server 2016 (serverA), have manually installed softwares,  imported/configured SSL certificates, etc for one of my application, my application works fine in https....all good at this stage.

As you know, in AWS, we have an option to create an AMI (Snapshot) from an EC2. Using this AMI we can create subsequent servers instances (serverB, serverC, etc , so we dont have to reinstall and configure softwares once again.

My Request is:
If I launch and create new EC2 Windows server based on above AMI, Do I have to perform anything extra for SSL certificates to work on serverB, serverC, so on? would that works as it was working on the serverA.

please suggest. and advice.

Thanks in advance
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Joshua GrantomSystems Administrator
Top Expert 2014

How are the certificates used? Are they added to trusted certificates or are they used to authenticate the server?


HI Joshua,

They are imported into certificate store "Web Hosting" using

I'm getting familiar in SSL :)
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Top Expert 2014
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Thanks Joshua,
Yes, it is a wildcard certificate.

Yes, it is domain joined (spot on joshua)

Could you provide a link on sysprep that you are suggesting please?

are you talking about this?
PS C:\> C:\ProgramData\Amazon\EC2-Windows\Launch\Scripts\InitializeInstance.ps1 -Schedule
PS C:\> C:\ProgramData\Amazon\EC2-Windows\Launch\Scripts\SendEventLogs.ps1 -Schedule

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Joshua GrantomSystems Administrator
Top Expert 2014

I would follow Amazon best practice to sysprep. It's pretty straight forward.



Thanks Joshua,
Since we use wild card, it worked and thx for the sysprep. I was able to create a clean AMI after that.

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