Obtaining and Installing Server Certificates (IIS 6.0)
You can obtain server certificates from an outside certification authority (CA), or you can issue your own server certificates by using Microsoft Certificate Services.
Use Microsoft Certificate Services to create a customizable service for issuing and managing certificates. You can create server certificates for the Internet or for corporate intranets, giving your organization complete control over certificate management policies.
Obtaining Server Certificates from a certification authority
If you are replacing your current server certificate, IIS will continue to use the old certificate until the new request has been completed.
When you are choosing a certification authority (CA), consider the following questions:
Issuing Your Own Server Certificates
When deciding whether to issue your own server certificates, consider the following:
Assigning Resources to Server Certificates
Use the following guidelines when assigning IP addresses, Web sites, and SSL ports to your server certificates:
Installing Server Certificates
After obtaining a server certificate from a CA, or after issuing your own server certificate using Certificate Services, use the Web Server Certificate Wizard to install it. When you use the Server Certificate Wizard to obtain and install a server certificate, the process is referred to as creating and assigning a server certificate. For instructions on how to install your server certificate, see Requesting a New Server Certificate from an Online CA.
Backing Up Server Certificates
The Web Server Certificate Wizard is used to back up server certificates. Because IIS works closely with Windows, you can also use Certificate Manager, which is called "Certificates" in Microsoft Management Console (MMC), to export and back up your server certificates.