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SSL/TLS Certificate Installation Guide: Apache for Windows

Article Number: 43294

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Purpose: SSL/TLS certificate installation guide
For Apache2 Server (on Windows)
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Need help generating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) with this server? CSRs for Apache2 for Windows are created using OpenSSL. See our article here.

If you are an ECS Enterprise account user, you may use the ACME Services for Entrust tool to auto-create the CSR.

Steps to install SSL Certificate on Windows Apache Web Server.

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Before you begin...

  • Make sure you back up your Apache configuration files before making any changes. If you are replacing an existing certificate, do not delete the existing certificate or private key files in case you need to revert your previous configuration.
  • Never share private keys files. 
  • If you plan on using the same certificate on multiple servers always transfer the private key using a secure method (e-mail is not considered a secure method of transfer).
  • It is best practice to ensure that you have current and up to date Ciphers and Protocols to ensure the best security when deploying a new Private key and Server Certificate.
  • Make sure you run the SSL Server Test at the end of the installation process to check your certificate configuration against SSL/TLS Best Practices.
  • For more information on SSL/TLS Best Practices, click here.

The installation is in four parts
1) Copy the certificate files to your server
2) Configure the Apache server to point  to certificate files
3) Test the configuration was successful
4) Restart the Apache server

Part 1 of 4: Copy the certificate files to your server

1. Download the certificate files. You will obtain a .zip file containing:

  • ChainBundle1.crt
  • ServerCertificate.crt

2.  Copy the two files into the wwwroot\conf\ directory (which is most likely, "c:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf").

Part 2 of 4: Configure the Apache server to point to the certificate files

1. In order for Apache to run with SSL/TLS, you must alter the configuration files and restart th. Note that Vista users must turn off User Account Control in order to save the new configuration files.

In the httpd.conf file, change the following lines by removing the leading # sign in order to uncomment the line:

#Loadmodule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so
and
#Include conf/extra/httpd-default.conf

So these two lines should now appear as:
Loadmodule ssl_module modules/mod_ssl.so
and
Include conf/extra/httpd-default.conf

Part 3 of 4: Test the configuration was successful

Test your Apache config with the following command:
apachectl configtest

Part 4 of 4: Restart the Apache server

Restart your Apache server by running the following command:
sudo apachectl restart

Your SSL/TLS Certificate should now be installed. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Entrust Certificate Services support department for further assistance.

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