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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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

QR Codes

I have a new Android phone and kept seeing these funny looking barcodes so I decided to learn more. Here is a quick reference for my friends and colleagues.

They are called QR Codes (Quick Response Codes).

Found a great video on CNET that gives a great general overview of how you can use this day to day:

Wikipedia gives you a more detailed and technical description:

On this website you can use their tool to create your own QR Codes:

For my Android phone I'm using an app called Barcode Scanner. I have a Sprint EVO 4G with an 8 megapixel camera and this Barcode Scanner app does amazingly well for several types of one and two dimensional barcodes.

The QR Code below will take you to my website: