This article will show you how to generate a Certificate Signing Request (or CSR) in Microsoft’s Internet Information Services manager.
- From the 2012 Server Start screen, open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
- In IIS, click on the server name.
- Find the Server Certificate icon in the middle pane; double click to open it.
- Check the right pane for the Actions group and click Create Certificate Request.
- The Distinguished Name Properties page will appear; fill in all of the fields accordingly:
Common Name – The hostname that will use the certificate (usually a fully-qualified domain name like www.mydomain.com, or store.mydomain.com.)
Organization – The legal name of your company or organization.
Organization Unit – The departmental or division name for your group.
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.
Click Next when finished.
- The “Cryptographic Service Provider Properties” window now appears. Use the default Cryptographic Service Provider, unless you have a specific one to use. In the Bit Length field, select at least 2048 (or higher) and click Next.
- The “File Name” page will now appear. You are asked to enter a file name for the new Certificate Signing Request; please browse to a location and save the file.
If you do not enter a path, the file will be saved to c:/Windows/System32.
- Click “Next” when you have entered the file name and recorded the path in your notes.
- You are done! You may now open the newly created CSR file with a text editor and copy and paste to submit the contents to your CSR submission page at SSL.com.