How to Generate a CSR for Microsoft IIS 8

Overview

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

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools, and then select Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the left Connections menu, select the server name (host) where you want to generate the request.
  3. In the center menu, click the Server Certificates icon under the Security section near the bottom.
  4. Click Create Certificate Request, in the right Actions menu.
  5. In the Distinguished Name Properties window, enter in the required CSR details and then click Next.
  6. In the Cryptographic Service Provider Properties window, select Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider and Bit Length of 2048, then click Next.
  7. Click Browse to specify the location where you want to save the CSR as a “.txt” file and click Finish.
  8. 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.
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Updated on October 20, 2021

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