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How to install an SSL Certificate on Microsoft Forefront TMG?

Friday, March 8th, 2019

This tutorial explains how to generate a CSR Code and how to install an SSL Certificate on Microsoft Forefront TMG Server. If you’ve already generated your CSR and received the certificate files from your CA, you can skip the first part, and head straight to the installation guidelines.

As a bonus, we’ve also included a few interesting facts about Microsoft Forefront TMG, as well as useful tips on where to get the best SSL Certificate file for your TMG server. Use the anchor links below to jump between different sections of this tutorial.

Generate a CSR code on Microsoft Forefront TMG
Install an SSL Certificate on Microsoft Forefront TMG
Test your SSL installation
Microsoft Forefront TMG history and versions
Where to buy the best SSL Certificate for Microsoft TMG Server?

Generate a CSR code on Microsoft Forefront TMG

You have several options when it comes to generating a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) on Microsoft Forefront TMG.

In your Windows Server system, you have the Internet Information Services (IIS) manager. We’ve already written extensive guides on how to generate a CSR code in different IIS versions. Please, determine your current IIS manager version and check the corresponding guide below:

Alternatively, you can use our CSR Generator Tool to create your CSR code and private key.

Once you’ve created your CSR code and successfully applied for an SSL Certificate, you can continue with the installation steps.

Install an SSL Certificate on Microsoft Forefront TMG

  1. Download the ZIP archive sent to your email, and extract the SSL files on your device
  2. On the hosting server of your website, click Start, then go to Administrator Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
  3. Expand Websites, and right-click the Website with the pending certificate request. Click Properties
  4. Go to the Directory Security tab, and in Secure Communications select Server Certificate
  5. On the next page Welcome to the Web Server Certificate Wizard click Next
  6. Now, choose Process the Pending Request and Install the Certificate and hit Next
  7. Click Browse to locate the certificate response file and then click Next
  8. On the SSL Port page assign a port for your website. The default port is 443
  9. Double check the information on the Certificate Summary page. Make sure you’re processing the correct SSL cert. Click Next, then Finish.

Check your SSL Configuration

  1. Click Start and launch Run. Type mmc in the Run box and click OK
  2. In the Console window, navigate to the File menu, and then hit Add/Remove Snap-in
  3. Now click Add
  4. In the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, choose Certificates and click Add
  5. In the Certificates snap-in page, select Computer account and hit Next
  6. From the Select Computer page, choose Local computer and click Finish
  7. In the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, click Close
  8. In the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, click OK
  9. Next, expand Certificates (Local Computer) > Personal > Certificates in the Console tree
  10. Double click the new server certificate, and ensure the following messages are displayed:
    • In the General tab, a note should say You have a private key that corresponds to this certificate
    • In the Certificate Path tab, there should be a hierarchical relationship between your primary SSL certificate and the certification authority (CA), and a message that says This certificate is OK.
  11. Save the console settings and close the Console Window
  12. Restart your web server.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed an SSL Certificate on Microsoft Forefront TMG.

Test your SSL installation

After you install an SSL Certificate on Microsoft Forefront TMG, the first thing you should do is scan your new SSL installation for potential errors. We recommend using these highly efficient SSL Tools, designed to give you instant reports on your SSL Certificate.

Microsoft Forefront TMG history and versions

Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (Forefront TMG), formerly known as Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server) is a firewall, router, anti-virus program, web cache and VPN server from Microsoft Corporation. It runs on the Windows Server operating system on x86-64 platforms.

Microsoft Forefront TMG was initially developed in Microsoft Proxy server under the codename “Catapult” in 1997. In 2000, Microsoft launched Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 (ISA Server 2000), the first product to use the 10-year support lifecycle.

Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (Forefront TMG 2010) is a continuation of ISA Server 2006. It provides improved web security, native 64-bit support, malware protection, and BITS caching.

The last stable release of Microsoft Forefront TMG was on 10 October 2011. The product is no longer available for purchase as of 1 December 2012. Mainstream support ended on 14 April 2015, while extended support will last till 14 April 2020.

Where to buy the best SSL Certificate for Microsoft Forefront TMG?

The best place to buy an SSL Certificate for Microsoft Forefront TMG is from a reputable SSL vendor such as SSL Dragon. Our prices are the most competitive on the market, but there are even more benefits. We offer great discounts and exclusive deals on all our SSL certificates, but above all, five-star customer support.

All our products are compatible with Microsoft Forefront TMG, and you can always use our helping tools such as SSL Wizard and Advanced Certificate Filter to find the perfect SSL product for your project. We offer the following types of certificates:

SSL Dragon takes care of your sensitive data security, so your website or business can thrive online!

If you find any inaccuracies, or you have details to add to these SSL installation instructions, please feel free to send us your feedback at [email protected]. Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.