Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generation Instructions for Microsoft 2012 Server - IIS 8

Solution ID:    SO21231    Updated:    07/27/2016


This document provides instructions for generating the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) on Internet Information Services (IIS 8). If this document can not be used in the server environment, RapidSSL recommends that Microsoft be contacted.


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To generate the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) file, perform following steps:

  1. Start the IIS by selecting Tools >  Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

  2.  Select Server Certificates

  3. Select Create Certificate Request on the right side

  4. Complete in full all the required fields in the new page that will appear, without any abbreviation, except the country code.

    Common Name: The Fully Qualified Domain Name that the certificate will be issued to and secure.
    Organization: The Registered Organizational Name the certificate belongs to.
    Organizational Unit: The Department within the Organization
    City/locality: The Business registered location (not the actual server location)
    State/province: The Business registered state or province
    Country/region: The two letter ISO country code

  5. Select Next
  6. Select 2048 or 4096 from the Bit Length: drop down list.

  7. Select Next
  8. Specify the file name and location for the certificate request file

  9. Select Finish

  10. Copy the saved CSR when requesting a certificate including the:


  11. Once the CSR has been created, log into the account and submit the CSR with an order.

Contact Information

         During the verification process, RapidSSL may need to contact your organization. Be sure to provide an email address, 
         phone number and fax number that will be checked and responded to quickly. These fields are not part of the certificate.
Once the certificate has been issued, follow the steps from this link to install the certificate on your server.



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