IIS 6: Deleted Pending Certificate Request

Came time to update our SSL certificate at work for our food service program, got the cert. request generated and passed off to our vendor only to discover the domain contact was someone who had left for the day, so in the effort of keeping servic…

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Came time to update our SSL certificate at work for our food service program, got the cert. request generated and passed off to our vendor only to discover the domain contact was someone who had left for the day, so in the effort of keeping services online for the next day I had to delete/abort our pending request on the server. Once we finally got the contact stuff figured out and the cert. returned from RapidSSL I went about getting it setup. Luckily, Microsoft has a manual way to “restart” the pending request.

At cmd prompt:
certutil -addstore my certnew.cer

where certnew.cer is the path to the CA’s cert. file.
Once you run the command you should get a command completed successfully message.

Go to the properties of the CA’s cert. file and locate the Thumbprint value, select the value and copy it to the clipboard (Ctrl+C)

At cmd prompt:
certutil -repairstore my “thumbprint”

Paste the thumbprint value into the thumbprint quotes area.
Once you run the command you should get a command completed successfully message.

Once this process is done you should now be able to update the IIS cerificate normally.

Author: Travis Kensil

Director of IT. Husband and father. Michigan beachbum.

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