Self Signed Certificate with PowerShell

What we want to achieve?

Host local application with HTTPS in Windows PC / Server

1. Add DNS name to hosts file at

2. Run Windows PowerShell as Administrator

3. Enter command and will see Self Signed Certificate generated by PowerShell

New-SelfSignedCertificate -DnsName "<dns_name>" -certstorelocation "cert:\LocalMachine\my"

4. Open Windows Run enter Control Panel and ok

5. In Control Panel Explorer, search certificate and click Manage computer certificates

6. Navigate to Certificates – Local Computer > Personal > Certificates and will see the generated certificate

Preview(opens in a new tab)

7. CTRL + C demo.local, navigate to Local Computer > Trusted Root Certification Authorities > Certificates and CTRL + V

8. Now open IIS Manager (Window Run + inetmgr), navigate to demo website.

9. Open Bindings and Add a site binding with

  • https – <hosting ip> – 443
  • Name the host name
  • Tick Require Server Name Indiction
  • Select the signed SSL certificate

10. Lastly, open browser and tadaaaa..! Connection is secure!


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