Creating a Backup (Export) Copy of Your Enrollment Private Key in Internet Explorer

Identity Certificate:
1. Click the “Start” button on your taskbar.
2. Select “Run” from the list.
3. Type in “mmc” and click the “OK” button.
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4. Select “Add/Remove Snap-in” under the main “Console” button for Win 2000 menu, or “File” button for Win XP menu.
5. Click the “Add” button.
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6. Select “Certificates” in the window and click “Add”.
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7. Ensure that “My User Account” is selected and click “Finish”.
8. Click “Close” to close the “Add Standalone Snap-in” window.
9. Click “OK” to close the “Add/Remove Snap-in” window.
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10. Click the plus sign to expand the “Certificates – Current User” entry.
11. Click the plus sign to expand the “Certificate Enrollment Requests” entry.
12. Select the “Certificates” folder under the “Certificate Enrollment Requests” entry.

NOTE: There should be two files named “Identity_KeyPair” and “Encryption_KeyPair” if you have requested both certificates.

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13. Right-click the “Identity_KeyPair” entry and select “All Tasks” and then “Export…”.

NOTE: It is at this point that if you have also requested an Encryption Certificate and you are following this same process for saving your Encryption Certificate private key, that you would need to right-click the “Encryption_KeyPair” entry and select “All Tasks” then Export…”.
See the Encryption Certificate Instructions following the Identity Certificate Instructions.

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14. Click “Next” in the “Certificate Export Wizard” window.
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15. Ensure that “Yes, export the private key” is selected and click “Next”.
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16. Make sure that “Personal Information Exchange” and “Enable strong protection” are selected.
17. Click “Next” on the “Export File Format” screen.
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18. Enter a Password to protect the file being created.

NOTE: ORC recommends that you use the same password here that you created when you requested the certificate.

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19. Click “Browse” and select where you want to save the operational copy of your private key(s); Make sure that you are the only person with access to your private key copy.
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20. An easy way to name your file is to use <lastname>-id_Keybackup.pfx, where <lastname> is your last name.
21. Click “Save”.
22. Click “Next”.
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23. Click “Finish” to complete the saving of your private key.
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24. A window will ask for the password that you created when you requested your certificate. Enter the password.
25. Click “OK”.
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Another window should appear stating, “The export was successful”.

27. Click “OK” to close this window.

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Encryption Certificate:
If you purchased an Encryption Certificate , please follow the instructions you used above for saving the Identity Certificate private key, but instead right-click the “Encryption_KeyPair” entry and select “All Tasks” then “Export…”.
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