Create a CSR for IIS 5 or IIS 6 for certificate renewal

Problem

How do you generate a CSR on Microsoft IIS 5 or IIS 6 for a certificate renewal?

Resolution

Note:
This document assumes that you want to create a new certificate on a website that currently has a certificate installed.  If you are creating a certificate on a website for the very first time in IIS and would like to obtain a CSR, then there is another document that explains that procedure  in this knowledgebase.

  1. Open up IIS. This can be found in the Administrative Tools in Control Panel.
  2. Right-click on the website that you want to create a certificate for and click on Properties on the drop down menu.
  3. A new window will appear.  In that new window, click on the Directory Security tab at the top.
    In the same window, you will see three sections.  The bottom section named Secure communications has three buttons.
  4. Click on the Server Certificate... button.
    The IIS Certificate Wizard appears.
  5. Select the circle, Renew the current certificate and click on Next.
  6. On the next step on the Wizard, select the circle, Prepare the request now, but send it later and click on Next.
  7. At the next step of the Wizard, you will need to specify where to save the CSR text file that will be created.  To change the location, you should click on the Browse... button.  After you have selected a location, click on the Next button.
  8. At the final screen, you will see a summary of all the certificate details that you have created.  Click on Next to generate the CSR file.
    Note: When you have generated a CSR file, you will have a pending request held for this website.  If this pending request is deleted before a certificate response can be installed, the set of private keys that were created will be deleted as well.  This will render the CSR file and the certificate response useless, including during installation.
  9. Open the newly created CSR file using notepad.  Select all the contents, copy and then paste into the form that can be found on QuoVadis' Website.

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