How To Export an SSL Certificate With Private Key (pfx) Using MMC On Windows

Windows servers use .pfx/.p12 files to contain the public key file (SSL Certificate) and its unique private key file.  The Certificate Authority (CA) provides you with your SSL Certificate (public key file). You use your server to generate the associated private key file where the CSR was created. You need both the public key and private keys for an SSL certificate to work properly on any system. Windows uses the pkcs#12 (pfx/p12) file to contain these two keys and another of intermediate certificates along the chain of trust; therefore, if you need to transfer your SSL certificate from one Windows system to another that uses PFX files or store it someplace for safe keeping you need to create a pkcs#12 (pfx/p12) backup. […]

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