Generating a certificate signing request (CSR) is one of the pre-steps to get your own SSL certificate. The following steps will guide you on how to generate a CSR on a Windows-based server, where the corresponding SSL certificate will be installed.
Before we generate the CSR for a domain, we need to obtain the following information.
Common Name: The name of the domain requiring an SSL certificate
Organization: The name of your organization/company
Organizational Unit: Affiliated department
1 Find the place where the CSR can be generated
- Log in to the server where you plan to install the certificate on.
- Go to the IIS Server Certificates option.
2 Create a certificate request
Click Create Certificate Request in the right hand of the panel.
3 Fill in the CSR information
Fill in the CSR information as described before. Click Next.
4 Choose the encrypted length
Select the encrypt length for 2048 bits. Click Next.
5 Save the certificate request path
Specify a file name for the certificate request.
6 Complete the CSR request
Click Finish to complete the CSR generating process.
7 Check the CSR file
Open the CSR file (C:\SSL\your_domain.com_2020.txt).