1. First, begin by opening the ZIP file which contains your Certificate. Then save the file named your_domain_name.cer to your desktop of the server in which you are securing.
2. Click on and then Open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager which can be accessed from the Windows Start Menu.
3. Next, in the "Connections" Menu: Click on the Server Name.
4. Double-Click on the "Server Certificates" button which is located in the IIS Section in the Center Menu.
5. Next, click on the menu titled, "Actions" which is located to the Right of the Screen. Then Click on the Action titled, "Complete Certificate Request" By clicking on this action, the Complete Certificate Request Wizard will launch.
6. The "Complete Certificate Request" Wizard has now launched. On the "Specify Certificate Authority Response Page complete the following and click Next: Browse the file name you have saved in the format your_domain_name.cer. This will have been provided to you. At this point you will then be asked to enter a "friendly name" for the file. It is NOT part of the actual certificate, but it helps the Server Administrator easily identify the Certificate. In the "Select a Certificate Store for the New Certificate" drop down box select "Web Hosting."
7. Now that the SSL Certificate has been installed to the server, it will be appropriate to assign the certificate to the website using IIS.
8. Next, from the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager window, click on the Connections menu and expand the name of the Server that the certificate was installed. Click on "Sites" and then select the site in which you wish to use the SSL Certificate to secure.
9. Next, on the right of the screen will be a menu titled, "Actions" under that menu click on Edit Site and then the selection "Bindings."
10. After you have selected "Bindings" a new window will open titled, "Site Bindings." Click Add.
11. After selecting the "Add" option in the Add Site Binding Window fill in the following information: under "Type" select https. Under IP Address, you must select the IP address of the specific site in which you are using or select "All Unassigned." The port blank box, in which the traffic will be secured by SSL is 443 in most cases. The SSL Certificate drop-down select the SSL certificate which is your domain name in the URL format. Then Click OK.
12. The SSL Certificate has now been completely installed and the website has been programmed to accept Secure Connections.