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How to Install a Wildcard SSL Certificate on IIS 7 or 8
Step-by-step instructions for installing a wildcard SSL certificate on Microsoft IIS version 7 or 8
Wildcard certificates allow securing multiple subdomains with a single certificate. Microsoft IIS is one of the most popular server types our customers use, so we’ve compiled instructions on how to install a Wildcard SSL certificate on Microsoft IIS 7 / IIS 8 servers running .NET 2.0 or higher.
Before You Start
Before you start the install process, you’ll need to purchase your Wildcard SSL Certificate. Tip: You can typically save a significant amount by buying direct instead of through your web hosting company. Wildcard certificates from Comodo start at less than $90/year.
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Phase 1 – Getting your Certificate Ready
You’re going to need to start by getting your SSL certificate ready to install. Comodo will email you your certificate once it’s issued. You’ll need the certificate to be in PKCS#7 format. You may need to use our certificate converter tool if it’s not.
Phase 2 – Install your Wildcard SSL Certificate on IIS 7 or 8
- Go to Start > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
- In the left menu, select the corresponding server name
- In the Features Pane, under Security, select Server Certificates
- In the Actions Pane, choose Complete Certificate Request
- Provide the location of the certificate
Note: Make sure that the name you give your Wildcard SSL Certificate (aka the friendly name) includes an asterisk at the sub-domain level you’re attempting to encrypt (eg *.example.com). Otherwise, you will not be able to bind the certificate properly.