The following lesson will guide you through the CSR generation process on Microsoft IIS 8.
What is CSR?
A Certificate Signing Request (CSR code) is a block of encoded text that contains the information about the organization that applies for an SSL certificate, and the domain that needs to be secured. A CSR is what you give to the Certificate Authority to generate your SSL certificate. It is an essential part of obtaining an SSL certificate.
Generate a CSR for Microsoft IIS 8
- Click Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools, and then select Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
- In the left Connections menu, select the server name (host) where you want to generate the request.
- In the center menu, click the Server Certificates icon under the Security section near the bottom.
- Click Create Certificate Request, in the right Actions menu.
- In the Distinguished Name Properties window, enter in the required CSR details and then click Next.
- In the Cryptographic Service Provider Properties window, select Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider and Bit Length of 2048, then click Next.
- Click Browse to specify the location where you want to save the CSR as a “.txt” file and click Finish.
- Locate and open the newly created CSR from the specified location you choose in a text editor such as Notepad and copy all the text (including BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST and END CERTIFICATE REQUEST) to use it for SSL generation.