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Last Modified : 05/03/2018

Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generation Instructions for Microsoft IIS 5.0


This document provides instructions for generating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for Microsoft IIS 5.0. If this document can not be used with the server, RapidSSL recommends contacting Microsoft.

NOTE: As of 1/1/2016 publicly trusted certificates can no longer be issued as SHA-1.  This is an industry-wide update as per Certificate Authority\Browser Forum guidelines.  If a certificate is requested after 1/1/2016 using IIS 5 please check with Microsoft to confirm is SHA-256 support is available for the server.
NOTE: If you are renewing or replacing a previous certificate, refer to the documentation in this link for steps on creating a new CSR without removing the previous certificate.
To generate the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) file, perform following steps:
  1. Under Administrative Tools, open Internet Services Manager.
  2. Open the Properties window by right-clicking on the name of the Web site you wish to secure.

  3. Click the Directory Security tab.
  4. Click Server Certificate in the Secure communications section. If you have not used this option before the Edit button will not be active.

  5. Click Create a new certificate 

  6. Click Prepare the request now, but send it later. 

  7. Provide the Name (Friendly Name) for this certificate. This will help you identify the certificate if multiple certificates are installed.  For the bit length, specify 2048.  Click Next.

  8. Provide the Organization and the Organizational Unit information and click Next.

    - 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. Example: XYZ Corporation
    - Organizational Unit (OU): This field is the name of the department or organization unit making the request.
  9. Provide the Common Name and click Next.

    - Common Name (CN): The Common Name is the fully qualified domain name for which you intend to secure i.e. - for wildcards it is *
  10. Provide the Geographical Information for your Organization and Click Next.

    - Country Name (C): Use the two-letter code without punctuation for country, for example: US
    - 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: Mountain View
  11. Provide a file name and location to save your CSR.  You will need this CSR in order to enroll for your SSL certificate.  Click Next.

  12. Confirm the CSR Summary Information.  Click Next > Finish.

  13. A CSR file has been generated. To copy and paste the information into the enrollment form, open the file in Notepad.

    NOTE: Upon completing the Certificate Wizard, it is important to leave the request pending for successful certificate installation. Choosing the option to delete the pending request from the Certificate Wizard will prevent installation of the certificate that is returned.
  14. Proceed with the Enrolment.

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, refer to this link for installation instructions.