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How to Configure SSL Certificate for SharePoint Web Application on IIS7/Window Server 2008

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27 Nov 2009CPOL1 min read
The configuration of SSL certificate on IIS 7 (Windows Server 2008) is bit different than in IIS 6. This article describes the steps required to configure SSL certificate on SharePoint Central Admin web site.


The configuration of SSL certificate on IIS 7 (Windows Server 2008) is a bit different than in IIS 6. In this article, I will demonstrate on how to configure SSL certificate on SharePoint Central Administration Site, which is deployed on Windows 2008 Server.

  • Log on to SharePoint Web Front End Server
  • On command prompt, type inetmgr to open IIS Manager.
  • Click on the IIS Server (Machine Name) and then Double Click Server Certificates
  • Click Create Self-Signed Certificate link on the right side of the pane.
Self signed certificate
  • Enter the name of SSL Certificate. You can create separate SSL certificate for each web application in your SharePoint farm.
SSL Certificate Name
  • Click OK to create the certificate.
  • Now, extend the SharePoint Central Administration web site.
  • Open Internet Explorer and browse Central Administration web site.
  • Click Application Management and then click Create or extend Web application.
  • Click Extend an existing Web application link.
  • Enter the following information in the next screen below:
    • IIS Web Site (Port): Enter 443
    • Host header: Enter host header name of your central administration web site
    • Security Configuration (Use Secure Socket Layer (SSL)): Select Yes
    • Zone: Choose the zone for the central administration web site which is free
  • Now open IIS Manager and Right click on the extended Central Administration Web Site and Click Edit Bindings.
  • Click Edit button, this action will open another window. Select SSL certificate that you have previously created and click OK to associate the SSL certificate.
  • Open Internet Explorer and browse SharePoint central administration site on https protocol e.g. https://centraladminssl/

Note: The error on the above page shows that your certificate is not trusted. In the production environment, you must trust 3rd party certificate, e.g. VeriSign, etc.

Now your SharePoint central administration is running on SSL certificate.


  • 27th November, 2009: Initial post


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