Generate IIS7 SSL certificates for alternate hostname

In some cases it is necessary to have a self signed SSL certificate which does not have the hostname as issuer but the Full Qualified Domain name. In this case the IIS7.0 graphical interface is not sufficient because it only lets you create certificates with the hostname as issuer! Luckily Microsoft released a CLi tool to create certificates: First you need to download the Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Resource Kit Tools from Microsoft.com. Install the toolkit on the Server you want to create the self signed SSL certificates for and just select “SelfSSL Tool” during the wizard.  change Directory to:

Parameters Explained: /s: SiteId /N:CN: Canonical FQDN (yoursite.com or xyz.yoursite.com) /V: Validy in days (365 equals 1 year; Value can be self defined!) To determ the Site ID for IIS5 and IIS6 check out this link: How to find the SiteID in IIS5 and IIS6    

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Windows Server 2012: Ethernet Drivers for Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP

Unfortunately Intel does not support Microsoft Windows Server 2012 for its Gigabit LAN i217-v series. But i figured out how to use the Windows 8 drivers instead which seem to be fully compatible. This should also work with Windows Server 2012 R2 – I ll update this post as soon as i tested it.   Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP Rev. 1.0 Onboard Gbit Ethernet: intel i217v Operating System: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Standard Edition Download the intel driver package from gigabayte. (Choose the Package for Windows8) Extract the driver package and navigate to folder PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS63 Open file e1d63x64.inf in a text editor Delete or comment out the lines between [ControlFlags] and [Intel] Copy the lines starting with %E153BNC from section [Intel.NTamd64.6.2.1] to section [Intel.NTamd64.6.2]. 6.2.1 equals Windows8 and 6.2 equals Server 2012!

Reboot your System and Press F8 while it is booting and select “disable driver signature enforcement”. Open the Windows Device Manager and search for the Driver on your Harddisk. Here a screenshot of how the edited file should look like:

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