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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Copy an SSL Certificate from one Server to Another

I have customer that received a new web server from a vendor.  We needed to transfer the SSL certificate from the old web server to the new one.  I have many times created and/or renewed SSL certificates for websites, but this was the first time I needed to transfer it from one to another.

I found this great resource that stepped me through the process:

How to Move or Copy an SSL Certificate from one Server to Another

Turns out it was super easy.  The important things to remember are:

  • The name must be exactly the same (such as
  • The original certificate issued by the SSL provider must have the private key marked as exportable
It also helped that the old and new Windows servers used the same version of IIS.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link, my work have just got new server so i was going to get ssl certificates for the new server. Now i might as well copy the old ones of the other sever. We have just replaced our old servers with some of those powerful dell blade servers. they are so much faster.