(Windows Server 2008)

We have a web server that we'd like to limit access to. I thought a good way to do this would be to issue certificates to ours users.

Unfortunately, This IIS & Tutorial either did not work or I failed to implement it properly. With or without an installed client certificate, I get 403 Access Forbidden.

What is the easiest way to accomplish what I'm after?

If I have to spend an hour trying to figure out the correct way to issue certificates from my server, I'd rather just buy Godaddy cert's. I issued a certificate that was successfully installed on some client machines, but as I said above, 403 Access Forbidden.

Any tips? I'm truly lost and can't find any more resources to get me to my goal.


The article you mentioned appears to be a rough, but correct, overview for doing exactly what you're looking for. I don't think there are any easier alternatives for this.

You're going to have to rely on functionality built into a web-server, or maybe a custom tool, to solve your problem. I don't believe there's any easier or more user friendly options - all of the tools and/or native options for solving your problem are at roughly the same level of difficulty.


You don't need to get the GoDaddy cert. First, you can create your own self signed cert for free (as a test). Once you get things working then you can finally buy the GoDaddy cert. Otherwise you are buying something your not sure you will use...

Also, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816794

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