Q. I need a self-signed certificate for my Windows Server 2008 R2 IIS SSL. How do I create it?

A. If you want to enable SSL traffic to your IIS box for test purposes and don't require a certificate to be trusted by external parties, you can create a self-signed certificate. However, clients who access the server will receive a warning that the certificate isn't trusted.

  1. Open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. Select your IIS server.
  3. In the main IIS section, select Server Certificates.
  4. IIS Self-Signed Certificate

  5. Under Actions, select Create Self-Signed Certificate...
  6. IIS Self-Signed Certificate

  7. Give a name for the certificate and click OK.

The certificate will now be available for use.

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