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How to Generate a .pfx File Using Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

Follow the instructions in this guide to create a .pfx file using Microsoft Management Console (MMC).

  1. In the Windows start menu, type “mmc” and open it.

  2. In MMC, navigate to the menu and select “file”, then select “Add/Remove Snap-in…”

  3. Select “Certificates” from the “Available snap-ins” list and click on the “Add >” button.

  4. IMPORTANT: Depending on where you have stored your certificate, you will need to select either “My user account” or “Computer account”.

  5. If you selected “Computer account” in last step: now select “Local computer” and click finish.

  6. If you selected “User account”, the snap-in should be on the “Selected snap-ins” list. Note: Your interface may be different, depending on which folder your certificate is stored in:

    Illustrative screenshot: How to Generate a .pfx File Using Microsoft Management Console (MMC)


  7. Click “OK” to add the Certificates snap-in.

  8. If you selected “My user account”, click the arrow to the left of “Certificates – Current User” to open the navigation. Then locate “Personal” and click on the arrow to the left of it. Click on the “Certificates” folder inside.

  9. If you selected “Computer account”, click the arrow to the left of “Certificates – Current User” to open the navigation. Now, locate either “Personal” or “Web Hosting” depending on which folder your certificate is stored in. Click on the arrow on the left side of it. Finally, click on the “Certificates” folder inside. Note: Your interface may be different, depending on which folder your certificate is stored in:

    Illustrative screenshot: How to Generate a .pfx File Using Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

  10. Right-click the desired certificate and select “All Tasks”, then “Export…”

  11. In the Certificate Export Wizard, click “Next”. Select the “Yes, export the private key” option.

  12. Choose “Personal Information Exchange – PKCS #12 (.PFX)” and mark the “Include all certificates in the certification path if possible” box. Note: You need the corresponding private key, to export as .pfx. If you do not have the private key, you won’t be able to select the PKCS #12 option.

  13. Mark the “Password” box and enter a password.

  14. Click on the “Browse…” button, to choose a file path and name.

  15. To complete the generation of the .pfx file, click “Finish”.

Your .pfx file is now generated.

 

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