Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Welcome improvements to managing Self-Signed Certificates in IIS 8

One of the pain points in IIS 7 and IIS 7.5 has always been using Self-Signed Certificates with DNS names. By default, the Self Signed Certificates always assigns the default host name for the Self-Signed Certificate.  In order to get around this limitation in the Self-Signed Certificate Wizard in the past, we have had to use Self SSL 7.

However, with the release of IIS 8 on Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, this limitation has been removed. You can now generate an SSL Certificate with a specified domain name and then bind the appropriate hosting Web Site with the matching domain name in order to be able to leverage that Self-Signed Certificate.


  1. No, sir. The friendly name is not the common name. This does not work.

  2. Yup, as that dude just said, this isn't true, all you get is the friendly name :(

    1. You can get around this by using the SelfSSL7 Tool that I have written about in another blog post.