Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for Netscape Enterprise 3.51

Solution ID:    SO13992    Updated:    10/04/2016


This document was created to assist with the generation of a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for Netscape Enterprise 3.51. If this document can not be used within the environment, RapidSSL recommends contacting an organization that supports Netscape Enterprise 3.51.

NOTE: As of 1/1/2016 all public SSL certificates must be issued as SHA-256 with at least a 2048-bit key size.  Please ensure that the server can support these standards before requesting a certificate.


Creating a Key Pair

  1. Open a Command Prompt and enter

    cd \bin\admin\admin\bin
  2. Enter the command below to start the key generation wizard.

  3. When prompted, enter an alias for the new key-pair file. You might choose an alias that matches your server (for example, web or mail). The alias cannot contain spaces, but it can use symbols that your operating system allows in filenames (such as hyphens and underscores). By default, the key-pair file is stored in the directory C:\alias\-key.db.
  4. Type OK. A screen with a progress meter appears. Move your mouse in random motions at random speeds. These random movements are used to generate a random numbers.
  5. Enter a password.
  6. Return to the Keys and Certificates menu in the Netscape Suitespot Server administration page.

Creating a Certificate Signing Request

  1. Start the Netscape administration page.
  2. Login as the administrator.
  3. Click on Keys and Certificates on the administration main menu.
  4. Select Request a Certificate on the navigation window.
  5. Click New Certificate in the Request a Server Certificate window.
  6. Select CA URL and enter
  7. Select the alias generated previously and provide the password.
  8. Provide the Distinguished Name field information.  Any variations can lead to delays in the verification process. When creating a CSR the following characters can not be accepted: < > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ * / \ ( ) ?. ,
  9. Click OK when finished.
  10. Copy this CSR into a text file. Use a plain text editor such as Notepad or Vi.
  11. Submit your CSR as part of the enrollment process.


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