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I hear it's possible to make myself a test certificate with MakeCert from Windows SDK, but the beast is 1.5 GB, which I feel reluctant to download for a half-megabyte program.

I do, however, have IIS Resource kit with me, which has selfssl to generate certificate for IIS. Will that work for SQL Server?

Is there a more convenient way of generating myself an SSL certificate for SQL Server use? I even tried using CREATE CERTIFICATE with TSQL within SQL Server and then have it BACKUP into a file, but with no success.

I must have confused the concept of certificate fundamentally. Any advice?

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StartSSL certificates are free and very useful for testing and certain production environments.

No downloads, no figuring out how to make a self-signed CA cert to issue certificates with.

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