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Time needed: 30 minutes
This how-to will step you through generating a certificate signing request (CSR) in IIS. These procedures were tested in Windows 10 on IIS 10, but will also work in IIS 7.x and 8.x.
- Start IIS Manager.
Start IIS Manager. One quick way to do this is by opening the Run command, then typing
inetmgrand clicking the OK button.
- Select server.
Select the server in the Connections pane, on the left side of the window.
- Open Server Certificates.
Double-click the Server Certificates icon, located under IIS in the center pane of the window.
- Click “Create Certificate Request.”
Click the Create Certificate Request… link, in the Actions pane on the right side of the window.
- Enter Distinguished Name Properties.
The Request Certificate wizard will open. Fill out the Distinguished Name Properties form with the following information:
• Common Name: The hostname that will use the certificate. This is usually a fully-qualified domain name, like
store.mydomain.com. You can also use a wildcard, like
• Organization: The legal name of your company or organization.
• City/locality: The city where your company is located.
• State/province: The state where your company is located.
• Country/region: Please use the two-character abbreviation for your country.
When you are finished filling out the form, click the Next button.
- Set Cryptographic Service Provider Properties.
Next, set the Cryptographic Service Provider Properties. Use the drop-down menus to select
Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provideras the cryptographic service provider, and a bit length of
2048(unless you have a reason to set these to other values). When you are finished, click the Next button.
- Create file name and finish.
Create a file name for your CSR, then click the Finish button.
- Next steps.
You’re finished! Open the CSR in a text editor when you are ready to submit it to SSL.com for signing. For instructions on submitting your CSR to SSL.com, please read our guide to CSR submission. When you’re ready to install your certificate, please see these how-tos on installation and binding in IIS.