Convert from PFX Format to PEM Format for SSL certifcates imported from IIS

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To use this certificate with a Parallels Client Gateway, one must convert the PFX file to the un-encrypted PEM format.

Use the open-source utility OpenSSL to perform the conversion from PFX to PEM. A downloadable Win32 distribution of OpenSSL is available here:

To convert a PFX file to a PEM file, follow these steps on a Windows machine:

  1. Download and install the Win32 OpenSSL package, using the link above.

  2. Create a folder c:\certs and copy the file cert.pfx (the created PFX file) into the c:\certs folder.

  3. Open a command prompt, and move to the GnuWin32\bin directory, using:

    cd %ProgramFiles%\GnuWin32\bin
  4. Type the following command to convert the PFX file to an unencrypted PEM file:

    openssl pkcs12 -in c:\certs\cert.pfx -out c:\certs\cert.pem -nodes
  5. When prompted for the import password, enter the password you used when exporting the certificate to a PFX file.

You should then receive a message that says"

MAC verified OK

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This will add the Issuer certificate and list of trusted authorities on the client side, and one would be able to connect over SSL with a certificate from an organization certification authority.

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