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Import a Certificate into Remote Desktop Gateway Server

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

After you obtain a certificate, use this procedure to install the certificate in the correct store on the RD Gateway server, if the certificate is not already installed. Completing this procedure installs the certificate into the appropriate certificate store, and imports the certificate for the RD Gateway server.


This procedure is not required if you created a self-signed certificate for RD Gateway by either selecting the Create a self-signed certificate for SSL encryption option when using the Add Remove Roles Wizard to install RD Gateway, or by selecting the Create a self-signed certificate option as described in Create a Self-Signed Certificate for the Remote Desktop Gateway Server after installing RD Gateway. In either case, a certificate is automatically created, installed in the correct location on the RD Gateway server, and mapped to the RD Gateway server.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the RD Gateway server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To install a certificate on the Remote Desktop Gateway server

  1. On the RD Gateway server, open Remote Desktop Gateway Manager. To open Remote Desktop Gateway Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Gateway Manager.

  2. In the Remote Desktop Gateway Manager console tree, right-click the local RD Gateway server, and then click Properties.

  3. In the Properties dialog box for the RD Gateway server, on the SSL Certificate tab, click Import a certificate into the RD Gateway*<RD Gateway Server Name>* Certificates (Local Computer)/Personal store, where <RD Gateway Server Name> is the name for the computer on which the RD Gateway server is running.

  4. Click Browse and Import Certificate.

  5. In the Open dialog box, click the certificate that you want to use, and then click Open.

  6. In the Enter Private Key Password dialog box, in the Private key password box, enter the password for the certificate, and then click OK.

  7. In the Certificate Import dialog box, click OK.

  8. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box for the RD Gateway server.

    If this is the first time that you have mapped the RD Gateway certificate, after the certificate mapping is completed, you can verify that the mapping was successful by viewing the RD Gateway Server Status area in Remote Desktop Gateway Manager. Under Configuration Status and Configuration Tasks, the warning stating that a server certificate is not yet installed or selected and the View or modify certificate properties hyperlink are no longer displayed.

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