How to import an SSL certificate on Windows 2012 R2 / IIS 8.5

Issue: You previously exported a .PFX certificate file from Windows Server and would like to import it into Windows 2012 R2 / IIS 8.5.

Solution: Import the certificate using the MMC console.

1) Open the mmc console:
drag to upper-left to activate the Hot Corner > click Search > type MMC
windows 8 hot corner           search mmc

2) click File > Add/Remove Snap-in…

add-remove-snap-in3) select Certificates
certifcates-mmc4) select Computer account
cert-snap-in-computer-acct5) click certificates > All Tasks > Import…
certificates import into personal store

6) click ‘Browse’ on the Certificate Import Wizard
certificate import wizard7) select ‘All Files (*.*)’ in the drop down menu
All Files (*.*)8) Select the .PFX file you exported from your other Windows Server and click the Open button.

9) Click Finish on the completion page

The .PFX certificate is now imported into your Windows 2012 R2 (IIS 8.5) Server.  Repeat this process on any additional client facing servers that need to use the same certificate.  Don’t forget to import your certificate providers intermediate certificate.

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