I'm trying to configure a port with an SSL-certificate on a machine running Windows Server 2008. Configuring the port with netsh on my local computer (Windows 7) works just fine, but I just can't find out how to get netsh for the Windows Server machine.

According to the technical reference, netsh should be available on Windows Server 2008, but I can't find a way to get it. I tried downloading the Windows SDK but it wasn't included.

Does netsh even exist for Windows Server 2008? Or httpcfg?


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I think since Windows XP netsh became standard tool in the Windows-family operating systems.

You should be able to use it from the command prompt straight away because it is located at c:\windows\system32\netsh.exe. (Plus on 64-bit systems 32-bit version at c:\Windows\SysWOW64\netsh.exe so it will work calling from 32-bit applications as well.)

  • I sure feel stupid now. It is there, and it is working. Don't know what I was doing wrong before...
    – aspartame
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 11:52
  • @aspartame, however httpcfg is not there because it was obsoleted by netsh with Windows Vista/2008
    – Regent
    Commented Sep 2, 2010 at 18:59

Typing netsh in a command prompt works fine for me on Server 2008. It is definitely included in a standard install.

  • Weird. The server I'm using is a virtual machine, I'll try to get a hold of our sysadmin and see if he has any ideas.
    – aspartame
    Commented Sep 1, 2010 at 11:41

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