Configure host headers with SSL using IIS 7 or IIS 7.5

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I configured SSL on this blog site and found some info on the Microsoft TechNet page Configure a Host Header for a Web Site (IIS 7). The TechNet page was a start, but it didn’t quite get me all the way there. With a bit of experimentation I successfully configured SSL on my web server. You can view a screencast of what I did at the end of this post.

For this post I’m going to use a non-existent website www.abc-test1.com.

First I added an SSL binding to the web site. In IIS Manager, with the web site selected, click on the Bindings… link.

Actions Bindings

On the Site Bindings dialog you’ll want to click the Add… button.

Site Bindings Dialog

Then select https from the Type drop list, select your IP address, and pick your installed SSL certificate. For my testing I created a self signed certificate.

Add Site Binding

Then from the command prompt you’ll want to issue the command:

appcmd set site /site.name:www.abc-test1.com /bindings.[protocol='https',bindingInformation='*:443:'].bindingInformation:*:443:www.abc-test1.com

You can go back in IIS manager to check you SSL binding’s host name. You should see the host header you configured at this point.

Site Bindings with host header

I created this tutorial describing how to configure host headers in IIS 7.5 using Windows 7. It is the same process for any version of IIS 7.x.

I hope this post helps :-)

IIS Technical December 3, 2009

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