Installing a Self-Signed SSL Certificate

The following step-by-step instructions describe how to install a self-signed SSL certificate manually on a client machine. It is however also possible to push out certificates using Active Directory. For more information, see the Active Directory documentation.

Note: These instructions only work with self-signed SSL certificates. They will not work with SSL certificates created by a certificate authority.

It is not recommended to install self-signed SSL certificates in a production environment. In a production environment, an SSL certificate issued by an in-house certificate authority or issued by a third party vendor should be used.

To install a self signed certification, follow these steps:

  1. Open your web browser as an administrator.
  2. In your browser, specify the URL over https, for example https:// Press Enter.
    Note: It is important to type the first part of the URL exactly the same way as specified in the SSL certificate, for example
  3. The Certificate Error page is displayed. Click Continue to this website (not recommended).
  4. Click Certificate Error in the address bar and then click View Certificate.
  5. The Certificate dialog box is displayed. Click Install Certificate.
  6. The Certificate Import Wizard is displayed. Click Next.
  7. Select the Place all certificates in the following store and click Browse.
  8. The Select Certificate Store dialog box is displayed. Select the Trusted Root Certification Authorities and check the Show Physical Stores and select Local Computer under Trusted Root Certification Authorities (if this is not done the certificate will only be installed for the user currently logged on).

    In the Select Certificate Store dialog box, press OK.

  9. Click Finish.
  10. In the Security Warning dialog box, click Yes to import the certificate.
  11. Close the existing web browser and open a new one to specify the URL over HTTPS.