CSR-Microsoft IIS 6.0

To generate a CSR, you will need to create a key pair for your server. These two items are a digital certificate key pair and cannot be separated. If you lose your public/private key file or your password and generate a new one, your SSL Certificate will no longer match. You will have to request a new SSL Certificate and may be charged.

Generate a certificate signing request (CSR) file

1. Click Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > Internet Services Manager (IIS) Manager

2. Double-click the Server Name > Web Sites folder

3. Under Web Sites, right-click the corresponding Web site you wish to secure, and select Properties.

4. Click Directory Security tab

5. Under Secure communications, click Server Certificate

6. Select Create a new certificate

Note: If you are renewing an SSL certificate, select Renew the current certificate. This will generate a CSR based on the information of the certificate currently installed on the server.

7. Select Prepare the request now, but send it later

8. Enter a name for the certificate. Please note that this is not the Common Name of the certificate request.

9. Select a bit length for the certificate (1024 or 2048 for EV certificates)

Note: Do not check the box for Select cryptographic service provider (CSP) for this certificate

10. Complete the information requested by the IIS Certificate Wizard to create a private key that is stored locally on your server and a Certificate Signing Request that you will use during the enrollment process. The Wizard will prompt for the following X.509 attributes of the certificate:

- Country Name (C): Use the two-letter code without punctuation for country, for example: US or CA.
- State or Province (S): Spell out the state completely; do not abbreviate the state or province name, for example: California.
- Locality or City (L): The Locality field is the city or town name, for example: Berkeley.
- Organization (O): If your company or department has an &, @, or any other symbol using the shift key in its name, you must spell out the symbol or omit it to enroll, for example: XY & Z Corporation would be XYZ Corportation or XY and Z Corportation.
- Organizational Unit (OU): This field is the name of the department or organization unit making the request.
- Common Name (CN): The Common Name is the Host + Domain Name. It looks like “www.company.com” or “company.com”.

VeriSign certificates can only be used on Web servers using the Common Name specified during enrollment. For example, a certificate for the domain “domain.com” will receive a warning if accessing a site named “www.domain.com” or “secure.domain.com”, because “www.domain.com” and “secure.domain.com” are different from “domain.com”.

11. Click Finish to exit the IIS Certificate Wizard. A CSR file has been generated.

Important note: Upon completing the Certificate Wizard, it is important to leave the request pending for successful certificate installation. Choosing the option to delete the pending request from the Certificate Wizard will prevent installation of the certificate that is returned.