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Create a CSR for Microsoft IIS 8

These are the steps you need to follow to generate a CSR on your IIS 8 server.

  1. Boot up the IIS Manager.
  2. Find the Connections panel. It should be on the left side of the screen. In it, click the Server Name where you want to create your CSR.

  3. Find the Server Certificates icon. It should be in the central panel. Double-click the icon.

  4. In the Actions menu to the right, select the Create Certificate Request option.

  5. A window will appear with the Request Certificate Wizard. The Distinguished Name Properties window has a few fields you will need to put information into. After you have done this, click Next.

    Below is a description of the fields:
    Common name * The full domain name of your server.
    Organization ** The legal name of your organization. Include Inc, Ltd, or LLC, if applicable.
    Organization unit Whatever department in your organization that is managing the certificate..
    City/locality The city or town where your organization is based.
    State/province The state or region where your organization is based. Do not use abbreviations for this.
    Country/region The country where your organization is based.

    * - If you generate your CSR for www.yourdomain.com, it will not be valid for subdomains such as secure.yourdomain.com. If you want your SSL Certificate to be valid for a subdomain, enter the subdomain in the Common Name field. If you want an SSL Certificate to be valid for all subdomains, it must be a Wildcard SSL Certificate, and the common name field must begin with an asterisk - e.g. *.yourdomain.com

    ** - if you are creating your CSR as an individual, fill the Organization field with the certificate requester’s name and the Organizational Unit field with the Doing Business As name.

  6. A new window called Cryptographic Service Provider Properties should open. Enter the required information and click Next.

    Below is a description of the fields:
    Cryptographic Service provider Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider
    Bit length 2048

  7. Click the '…' button and enter the name and directory for your CSR.

  8. Click Finish.


Congratulations! You've created your CSR. Once you receive your SSL Certificate, you can install it.


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