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How to install Comodo SSL Certificate in Windows Server 2008

June 23, 2016 | By Comodo SSL

That SSL Certificates are inevitable for securing websites is something that almost every sensible website owner knows today. SSL Certificates are needed for preventing theft of all kinds of data, including login details, credit card details, and bank account details.

Why Comodo SSL Certificate?

Comodo SSL Certificates prove very effective as regards securing websites and protecting customer transactions and customers’ personal data. Comodo SSL Certificate provides security of the highest kind, is cost-effective and offers great value-added package, thus making it perfect for businesses of all kinds- from small businesses to medium ones. 2048 signatures, 256-bit encryption, $1,750,000 Warranty, best and dedicated customer support plus additional tools, like Comodo’s unique ’point-to-verify’ technology make it a highly sought out security product. Comodo SSL, which is trusted by 99.9% of all internet browsers,  dominate the SSL market leaving all competitors way behind.

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Installing Comodo SSL Certificate in Windows Server 2008

Step 1 – Generating and submitting a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) 

If you have the status ‘Waiting for CSR’, select ‘Generate request’ and click ‘Apply’. The ‘Generate CSR’ form will open. If you already have a CSR you wish to use, simply select the ‘Paste’ radio button and paste it into the text area in the lower half of the dialog. Click ‘Send’ to submit the CSR to Comodo CA. If you don’t have a CSR, fill all fields, most of which are self-explanatory.

In case you have already applied for CSR and it shows as ‘Processing’, you can directly go to Step 2. If you have the status as ‘Issued’, you can go directly to Step 3.

  • ‘Save CSR to file’ – Save your CSR in .txt format
  • ‘Save as template’ – Save the CSR, and all data/settings in this dialog to a template file for re-use later.
  • ‘Load template’ – Load a previously saved template

Make Private Key Exportable- It’s always good to leave this box enabled unless you have specific reasons for making the private key non-exportable.

Step 2 – Completing Domain Control Validation (DCV)

You have to demonstrate ownership of domain by completing Domain Control Validation (DCV). This can be done by different methods, as given in the DCV configuration interface

  • You can confirm domain ownership by responding to mail sent to an email id registered for the domain.
  • You can demonstrate ownership by either uploading a .txt file containing hashes of your CSR to your web server or by adding the hash of your CSR as a DNS CNAME for you domain
  • There is a third option that says ‘None of the above’, which can be chosen if you have already arranged an alternative way of completing DCV with Comodo. One of the alternative methods is the HTTP(S) CSR Hash method, which includes selecting the HTTP or HTTPS CSR Hash radio button, clicking ‘Submit’ to register this choice with Comodo and then clicking ‘Create File’. This will generate the required DCV file and will ask you to provide the location of your root directory. Next, automatically run the DCV check. After the DCV is passed and if you have already successfully submitted a CSR , the status of the certificate will change to ‘Issued’.

Step 3- Installing and binding a certificate

Once you have got the ‘Issued’ status for the certificate, you’ll have two installation options- ‘Auto-install Certificate’ and ‘Complete Request’.

Choosing ‘Auto-Install’ will install and bind your certificate and the certificate status will show as ‘Bound’.

Choosing ‘Complete Request’ will install certificate but will not bind it. The status will show as ‘Installed’. You will later be presented with the option to ‘Bind to Site’.

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