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Install a certificat on Windows Server using the certificate MMC

Preparations

This methods will only work if the certicate request has been generated using the MMC.

Download your certificate from your delivery email or your certificate's status page. You will need the PKCS#7 format (.p7b).

MMC access

  • Run the MMC either via the start menu or the Run tool accessible via the WIN+R shortcut.
    Opening the MMC
  • Click on File - Add/Remove Snap-in.
    Adding a Snap-in
  • Select Certificates in the left pane and click Add.
    Adding the Certificate Snap-in
  • In the new window, select Computer Account.
    Slecting a computer account
  • Select Local Computer the click Finish.
    Selecting the Local Computer
  • Complete the dialog window by clicking OK.

Installing the certificate

  • Go to the Certificates - Personal - Certificates folder in the Certificate tree. Right-click on the central pane and select All Tasks - Import.
  • Select the PKCS#7 (.p7b) file you want to import.
  • It is especially import to select the automatic certificate placement to handle authority certificates correctly. They are also contained in the PKCS#7 file.
  • Complete the install dialog.
  • Refresh the certificate list (F5 key) and you will notice the presence of your new certificate, with a key icon over the certificate icon to indicate the presence of a private key.

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