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How to Generate a CSR for a Microsoft IIS 7, 8 & 8.5 Web Server

In order to generate a CSR for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7, 8 & 8.5, please follow these steps:

1. From the Start screen, click or search for the following and open it Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

2. Click Server Name

3. From the center menu, double-click the “Server Certificates” button in the “IIS” section (it is in the middle of the menu):


4. Next, from the “Actions” menu (on the right), click on “Create Certificate Request…” This will open the Request Certificate wizard:

5. In the “Distinguished Name Properties” window, enter the information as follows:

Common Name: The name through which the certificate will be accessed (usually the fully-qualified domain name, e.g., www.domain.com or mail.domain.com)

Organization: The legally registered name of your organization/company

Organizational unit: The name of your department within the organization (frequently this entry will be listed as “IT,” “Web Security,” or is simply left blank)

City/locality: The city in which your organization is located

State/Province: The state in which your organization is located

Country/region: If needed

6. Click Next

7. In the “Cryptographic Service Provider Properties” window, enter the following information and then, click Next:

Cryptographic service provider: In the drop-down list, select Microsoft RSA SChannel…, unless you have a specific cryptographic provider

Bit length: In the drop-down list, select 2048 (or higher):

8. Click the … box to browse to a location where you want to save the CSR file. If you just enter a filename without browsing to a location, your CSR will end up in C:\Windows\System32

Remember the filename that you choose and the location to which you save it. You will need to open this file as a text file and copy the entire body of it (including the Begin and End Certificate Request tags) into the online order process when prompted:

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