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Last Modified : 04/19/2019

Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generation Instructions for SonicWALL SSL Offloaders


This document provides instructions for generating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for SonicWALL SSL Offloaders. If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, Symantec recommends that you contact the server vendor or the organization, which supports SonicWALL

To generate a Private Key and CSR, perform the steps bellow:

  1. Create a directory called ‘C:\test’.
  2. Launch OpenSSL.
  3. Enter the following command to create a private key:

    genrsa -des3 -out c:\test\key.pem 2048
  4. Enter in a passphrase to protect the key (at least six characters).
  5. Enter the following command to create a certificate request:  
    req –new –key c:\test\key.pem –out c:\test\req.pem –config openssl_config.txt 
  6. Fill in the required fields for the certificate you want to generate:
    • Country Name (C): Use the two-letter code without punctuation for country, for example: US or CA.
    • State or Province (S): Spell out the state completely; do not abbreviate the state or province name, for example: California.
    • Locality or City (L): The Locality field is the city or town name, for example: Berkeley.
    • Organization (O): If your company or department has an &, @, or any other symbol using the shift key in its name, you must spell out the symbol or omit it to enroll. 
    • Organizational Unit (OU): This field is the name of the department or organization unit making the request.
    • Common Name (CN): The Common Name is the Host + Domain Name. It looks like "" or "".
      NOTE: Symantec certificates can only be used on Web servers using the Common Name specified during enrollment. For example, a certificate for the domain "" will receive a warning if accessing a site named ""
  7. You have now created a private key and a CSR.
  8. Verify your CSR
  9. Open the CSR file in a text editor that does not add extra characters (Notepad or Vi are recommended)
  10. Copy and paste the information into the enrollment form when required

Contact Information

         During the verification process, Symantec 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 SSL certificate has been issued follow these steps from this link to install it on the server