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How to Install an SSL Certificate on Internet Information Services (IIS) – 9 Easy Steps Tutorial

Installing an SSL Certificate on IIS (Internet Information Services) is not a daunting task for those who aren’t technically sound or have a detailed idea about it. This tutorial will guide you through the complete process of SSL certificate installation on different versions of IIS.

SSL Overview

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates secure the customer’s information worldwide through state-of-the-art encryption methods. At the time of writing this article, there are an almost infinite number of websites using different types of SSL Certificates from a variety of brands in order to protect their customer’s privacy. SSL Certificates are specifically used to encrypt customer information as it travels between a browser and web server. Through SSL Certificates websites gain the genuine trust of their customers as they are assured that their data will be secured. While the purpose of SSL Certificates ultimately remains the same there are some minor differences in the installation process often between the different types of servers and SSL Certificates out there. Prior to installation it’s of the utmost importance that one meets the server requirement (have a server available and know what kind) as well as have a dedicated IP address.

The following are 9 Essential Steps to Install an SSL Certificates on an IISx:

Step 1:

When installing an SSL Certificate the first step is to generate the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) through your Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. After generating the CSR you must then submit it to a Certificate Authority (CA). The site administrator may be able to obtain the certificate directly; otherwise they must contact the web host to gain access to the certificate. Once the CSR File is created and obtained, the file containing the certificate must be opened then saved to the proper server under the new name “Your Web Site.csr”. This file is an encrypted document that contains the information related to the SSL Certificate.

Step 2:

Select the “Start >> Administrator Tools >> Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager” and then simply proceed to left-click on the server’s name.
How to install SSL Certificate on IIS

Step 3:

After you have completed all the steps above find the “security” section from the server’s menu. Select the “server certificates” menu button. Left-click on the “complete certificate request” menu option, which then launches the Certificate Wizard. Continue to install the certificate, and don’t worry if it at all sounds complicated since the wizard performs the majority of the work. When prompted, select the .cer file saved to the server during “Step 1” and enter the requested name that refers to the certificate located on the server.Guide for SSL Certificate Installation on IIS 7 Web Server

Step 4:

Click the “OK” button to complete the request. This point of the installation is complete and the certificate is successfully installed. After installation of certificate on the server, assign Certificate to the appropriate website using IIS.Assigning SSL Certificate to the appropriate website using IIS

Step 5:

To Assign the certificate to the appropriate website:

Select “IIS >> Connections”, select the name of the server to which the certificate was installed and under “Sites”, select the site to be secured with SSL.

Step 6:

Right click on “Bindings” from the “Actions” menu.
How to SSL Certificate on IIS – 9 Easy Steps
Step 7:

In “Site Binding” click on “Add”, this will open the “Add Web Site Binding” window.

SSL Certificate Installation on IIS 7 Web Server

Step 8:

Select https under “Type”. The IP Address should be the IP address of the website, or it should be default as “All unassigned”. The port is usually 443, by which traffic will be secured by SSL.
SSL installation guide

Step 9:

Click “Ok”, and you must restart the IIS to complete this operation.
SSL Certificate Installation on IIS 7 Web Server
Now that the installation of the SSL Certificate has been completed your website is completely ready to provide encrypted security to your virtual customers.

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GlobalSign Honored as Gold Winner at 9th Annual 2013 Security Industry’s Global Excellence Award

BOSTON, MA – GlobalSign, the enterprise SaaS-based Certificate Authority (CA), announced today that Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, has named GlobalSign SSL Certificates a Gold winner of the 2013 Global Excellence Awards in SSL. The security industry celebrated its 9th Annual 2013 Global Excellence Awards in San Francisco by honoring excellence in every facet of the industry, including products, people behind the successes and best companies. This is second significant achievement by GlobalSign this week as yesterday it became the first Certificate Authority to provide all Certificate revocations status services over IPv6.GlobalSign Honored as Gold Winner in the 9th Annual 2013 Security Industry’s Global Excellence Award in SSL

This industry honor is the greatest endorsement of the fact that GlobalSign is ahead of the curve in offering best-of-the-best products that provide the highest security in SSL and the Internet as a whole. We feel GlobalSign separates itself from the rest of the pack by continually innovating in the digital-certificate space and by doing whatever it takes to make Web transactions, for the enterprise and individuals alike, much safer. – Steve Waite, CEO, GlobalSign Americas.

More than 50 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated, and their average scores determined the 2013 Global Excellence Awards Finalists and Winners. Winners were announced during the awards dinner and presentation on February 27, 2013, in San Francisco attended by the finalists, judges and industry peers.

“This industry honor is the greatest endorsement of the fact that GlobalSign is ahead of the curve in offering best-of-the-best products that provide the highest security in SSL and the Internet as a whole,” said Steve Waite, CEO, GlobalSign Americas. “We feel GlobalSign separates itself from the rest of the pack by continually innovating in the digital-certificate space and by doing whatever it takes to make Web transactions, for the enterprise and individuals alike, much safer.”

GlobalSign SSL Certificates provide enterprises with a unique set of added features and benefits that maximize the value of SSL investments and make the security protocol practical and efficient for the enterprise. Fortune 100 and government organizations around the world conduct a wide variety of web transactions each and every day, ranging from significant credit card transactions and confidential data and file transfers to lower-priority browsing of social-media platforms, all of which are secured by GlobalSign’s SSL certificate solutions. GlobalSign is transforming how organizations use SSL across networks and the cloud through automated workflow and management technology, and by building new value-add benefits into the core DNA of the GlobalSign SSL range.

About Info Security Products Guide
Info Security Products Guide sponsors leading conferences and expos worldwide and plays a vital role in keeping end-users informed of the choices they can make when it comes to protecting their digital resources. It is written expressly for those who are adamant on staying informed of security threats and the preventive measure they can take. You will discover a wealth of information in this guide including tomorrow’s technology today, best deployment scenarios, people and technologies shaping info security and market research that facilitate in making the most pertinent security decisions. The Info Security Products Guide Awards recognize and honor excellence in all areas of information security. To learn more, visit www.infosecurityproductsguide.com.

About GlobalSign
GlobalSign SSL Certificates
GlobalSign has been a trust service provider since 1996. Its focus has been, and always will be, on providing convenient and highly productive PKI solutions for organizations of all sizes. Its core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct SSL secured transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. Vision and commitment to innovation led to GlobalSign being recognized by Frost & Sullivan for the 2011 Product Line Strategy Award. The company has local offices in the US, Europe and throughout Asia. For the latest news on GlobalSign visit www.globalsign.com.

About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is a comprehensive provider of industry-leading Internet solutions including domain name registration, cloud-based and traditional hosting, ecommerce, security, and payment processing services that each hold the top share of their respective markets in Japan. Other key business areas for the Group include online securities/FX trading, Internet advertising, search engine marketing and online research, and smartphone game development and publishing. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit www.gmo.jp/en for more information.

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GlobalSign is First Certificate Authority to Provide Revocation Status Services Over IPv6

Boston, MA – GlobalSign , the enterprise SaaS Certificate Authority (CA), today announced that it is the first Certificate Authority to provide all Certificate revocations status services over IPv6. This is an important step for the SSL ecosystem, as revocation status services underpin the base security system providing trust to the Internet. The news comes a few days after GlobalSign announced the launch of a new solution to help companies overcome IP restrictions when it comes to implementing SSL security.
GlobalSign is First Certificate Authority to Support IPv6

We are proud to be the first CA to offer revocation status services that are IPv6 compliant.Making investments to support the evolving requirements of the Internet is an important part of GlobalSign’s philosophy to not just be an SSL provider but a security partner. Organizations that work with GlobalSign benefit from a partner that understands the changing nature of the modern Internet and that IPv6 has now become the new norm.
– Ryan Hurst, CTO, GlobalSign.Ryan Hurst, CTO, GlobalSign.

The current version of the Internet Protocol (IPv4) used to route traffic across the Internet has only a finite number of unique IP addresses. The explosive growth of applications and devices requiring unique IP addresses will result in a near-term exhaustion of IP addresses. As the successor to IPv4, IPv6 resolves this issue by using longer 128-bit addresses, adds additional security layers, and is critical to the Internet’s continued growth.Many major organizations have already shown their commitment to enabling IPv6 through initiatives like World IPv6 Day in 2012 . Furthermore, from September 2012 all U.S. government federal agencies were required to have their public-facing services reachable over IPv6. GlobalSign has taken a strong leadership stance within the CA industry to accommodate the needs of both government agencies and other organizations that have upgraded their websites to support IPv6.

“We are proud to be the first CA to offer revocation status services that are IPv6 compliant,” said Ryan Hurst, CTO of GlobalSign. “Making investments to support the evolving requirements of the Internet is an important part of GlobalSign’s philosophy to not just be an SSL provider but a security partner. Organizations that work with GlobalSign benefit from a partner that understands the changing nature of the modern Internet and that IPv6 has now become the new norm.”

All GlobalSign SSL Certificates are currently available and enabled for IPv6 at no additional charge to the customer.

About GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign has been a trust service provider since 1996. Its focus has been, and always will be, on providing convenient and highly productive PKI solutions for organizations of all sizes. Its core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct SSL secured transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. Vision and commitment to innovation led to GlobalSign being recognized by Frost & Sullivan for the 2011 Product Line Strategy Award. The company has local offices in the US, Europe and throughout Asia. For the latest news on GlobalSign visit www.globalsign.com.

GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is a comprehensive provider of industry-leading Internet solutions including domain name registration, cloud-based and traditional hosting, ecommerce, security, and payment processing services that each hold the top share of their respective markets in Japan. Other key business areas for the Group include online securities/FX trading, Internet advertising, search engine marketing and online research, and smartphone game development and publishing. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit www.gmo.jp/en for more information.