How do I generate a CSR on Microsoft IIS 7?

Problem

How do I generate a CSR on Microsoft IIS 7?

Resolution

Internet Information Services (IIS) is Microsoft's set of Internet-based services for servers using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista. The process to generate a CSR and install the subsequent SSL is slightly different from prior versions of IIS.

  1. First, you must open IIS (Internet Information Services) 7.

    1. Click on Start.
    2. Go to Administrative Tools.
    3. Click on Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager from the list.

  2. In the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager window, click on your server in the Connections pane on the left.

  3. In the middle pane, double-click on the Server Certificates Icon.

  4. In the Actions pane to the right, click on the Create Certificate Request... link.

  5. In the Request Certificate window, enter in the appropriate information into each field.  Use the guide below to help you.

  6. Common Name: This will be the Common Name on the certificate.  The Common Name is the Host + Domain Name.  It looks like “secure.example.com” or “example.com”.

    Organization: The legal name of your organization.

    Organizational Unit: This field is the name of the department or other group making the request.

    City/Locality: The locality field is the city or town name, for example: Hamilton or Stamford.

    State/Province: Spell out the state completely; do not abbreviate the parish, state or province name, for example: Pembroke of Connecticut.

    Country/region:
    Use the two-letter code of your country without punctuation, for example: BM or UK or CH.

  7. Once you have finished entering in the required information, click on the Next button.

  8. Leave the Cryptographic server provider: as default (Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider).

  9. Select a Bit length of 2048 bit or higher.  Click on the Next button.

  10. At the File Name screen, click on the ... button and specify a location to save the CSR.  After saving the CSR, click on the Finish button.

  11. Browse to the location where you saved your CSR, open it and submit it to QuoVadis.

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