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Since, Windows doesn't allow accessing private key, you can't transport a private key alone. In such cases, you will have to export the certificate with private key from the IIS console or Windows server.

There are many ways to export a certificate with a private key. It all depends on where and how your certificate lives on your Windows computer. If your certificate is installed or imported to the personal store of your computer or user, then you should export the certificate from the Microsoft Management Console (mmc). If your certificate is installed in IIS, then you should export the certificate with a private key from the IIS console.

By the way, if you want to export a certificate with a private key, we have a dedicated post published that shows you how to export a certificate with a private key from the Windows server. However, in this post, we will be covering only how to export a certificate with a private key from the IIS console.

How to Export a Certificate with private key from IIS (Internet Information Service) Console?

Time needed: 15 minutes.

How to Export a Certificate with private key from IIS (Internet Information Service) Console?

  1. Let’s Begin the CSR Generation Process by Launching Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager

    In Server Manager, go to Tools –> Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager.Launch IIS from Windows Server Manager

  2. Open Server Certificate

    Select Server Name and Double-Click on Server Certificates.Open Server Certificate on IIS

  3. Open the Certificates Installed on the IIS Server

    Installed certificates are listed underneath Server Certificates and the certificate exists under Personal in Certificate Store.Open the Certificates installed on the IIS

  4. Exporting the Certificate Installed in the Certificate Store

    Right-Click on the certificate and select ‘Export‘ to initiate the certificate export.Exporting the Certificate installed in the Certificate store

  5. Fill the Export Location and Password Asked During the Export

    In the Export Certificate window, Select the File Name and the Location where the certificate with Private Kay will be exported. Type the Password and Confirm Password. This password will be used while Importing the certificate. Once details are updated, Click on ‘OK‘ to complete the export.

    You will find the Exported Certificate with Private Key in the location (In this case, it’s the ‘Downloads‘ Folder).image (12)

This is how you can export a certificate with a private key from the IIS console..

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