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To generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for Windows SharePoint you will need to create a key pair for your server, the public key and private key. These two items are a digital certificate key pair and cannot be separated. On Windows type systems PFX/PKCS12 requests are made, and are stored on the system. The private key will remain hidden on the windows system where the CSR request is made.

In order to generate this CSR keypair and set up the services for SharePoint, Windows Internet Information Services (IIS) is used.

To generate a CSR on Windows IIS 8 & 8.5 for SharePoint perform the following.

Step 1: Generating your CSR:

  1. Choose Start > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the IIS Manager on the left, select your server name.
  3. In the Features pane (the middle pane), double-click the Server Certificates option located under the Security heading.

    IIS 8 & 8.5
  4. Click Create Certificate Request.

    IIS 8 & 8.5
  5. Specify the require information for each field.
    • Common Name: The Fully Qualified Domain Name that the certificate will be issued to and secure.
    • Organisation: The Registered Organisational Name the certificate belongs to.
    • Organisational Unit: The Department within the Organisation.
    • City/locality: The Business registered location (not the actual server location).
    • State/province: The Business registered state or province (Do not abbreviate).
    • Country/region: The two letter ISO country code.IIS 8 & 8.5
  6. Click Next.
  7. Under Cryptographic service Provide. leave at default, Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic  Provider.
  8. From the Bit Length drop down select 2048.
    IIS 8 & 8.5
  9. Select Next.
  10. Click the box with the 3 periods.

    IIS 8 & 8.5
  11. Specify a file name for the certificate request to a location and directory of your choosing.
  12. Click Finish.

Your CSR request has been created and is ready for you to copy and paste its contents into the enrollment portal.

If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, Acmetek recommends that you contact either the vendor of your software or the organization that supports it.

For installation instructions please visit our article Microsoft SharePoint 2013 – SSL Installation

Windows Support

For more information refer to Microsoft.

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