Generating CSR - IIS 8

  • Launch the Server Manager.
  • From Tools, select Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  • In the Connections panel on the left, click the server name for which you want to generate the CSR.
  • In the middle panel, double-click Server Certificates.
  • In the Actions panel on the right, click Create Certificate Request....
  • Enter the following Distinguished Name Properties, and then click Next

    NOT: The following characters are not accepted when entering information: <>~ ! @ # $ % ^ * / \ ( ) ? &

    • Common Name - The fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) — or URL — for which you plan to use your certificate (the area of your site you want customers to connect to using SSL).
      • An SSL certificate issued for is not valid for If you want your SSL to cover, make sure the common name submitted in the CSR is
      • If you are requesting a wildcard certificate, add an asterisk (*) on the left side of the Common Name (e.g., * or *
    • Organization — The name in which your business is legally registered. The organization must be the legal registrant of the domain name in the certificate request.

      NOT: If you are enrolling as an individual, enter the certificate requester's name in the Organization field, and the Doing Business As (DBA) name in the Organizational Unit field.

    • Organizational Unit — Use this field to differentiate between divisions within an organization (such as "Engineering" or "Human Resources").
    • City/Locality — The full name of the city in which your organization is registered/located. Do not abbreviate.
    • State/Province — The full name of the state or province where your organization is located. Do not abbreviate.
    • Country — The two-letter International Organization for Standardization- (ISO-) format country code for the country in which your organization is legally registered.
  • For Cryptographic service provider, select Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider.
  • For Bit length, select 2048 or higher, and then click Next.
  • Click …, enter the location and file name for your CSR, and then click Finish.

NOT; Save (backup) the generated .key file (private-key) as it will be required later for Certificate installation. If you somehow loose or delete this .key file, your SSL certificate will not work. Because this .key file and SSL certificate which will be produced will work as a pair.

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