PKI Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - v2.20, by Dr. Herong Yang
Installing Server Certificate Permanently in IE
This section provides a tutorial example on how to install the certificate provided by a 'https' Website in IE. The certificate can be installed into a certificate store automatically selected by IE.
Normally, when a browser visits a "https" Web server, it will get the certificate from the server and use it for one Web session only. When you close the browser, the certificate will be removed from memory. It will not be stored on computer permanently.
However, if you want to keep a copy of the certificate on the computer, you can install it in steps shown below:
1. Click "Start" and search for "Internet Explorer".
2. Right-mouse click "Internet Explorer", then select "Run as administrator" to start Internet Explorer (IE). Running IE as administrator gives you the permission to install server certificate.
3. Click the lock icon at the end of the Web address field. A small pop up windows shows up.
4. Click the "View certificates" link on the pop up window. The Certificate dialog box shows up.
5. Click the "Install Certificate" button. The Certificate Import Wizard starts.
5. Click the "Next" button. The Certificate Store step shows up with these fields:
Certificate Store Certificate stores are system areas where certificates are kept. Windows can automatically select a certificate store, or you can specify a location for (.) Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate ( ) Place all certificates in the following store
6. Let's use the "Automatically select..." option and click the "Next" button. The confirmation step shows up.
7. Click the "Finish" button. The certificate will be installed into a certificate store somewhere on your computer. We will try to find it in the next tutorial.
The picture below shows you the Certificate Import Wizard tool used to install a server certificate to the local computer:
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