Server 2003 IIS 6 – CSR Instructions for Renewals

To generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for Server 2003 – IIS 6 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. Note: All certificates issued by a Certificate Authority must be SHA2/SHA256 algorithm due to industry standards by governing entities. IIS 6 Server 2003, has been known to not understand this Algorithm.  Installing a SHA2 certificate on your outdated system may not work. You may have to contact Microsoft […]

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Server 2003 IIS 6 – SSL Installation

Like the majority of server systems you will install your SSL certificate on the same server where your Certificate Signing Request (CSR) was created. This is because your private key will always be left on the server system where the CSR was originally created. With Microsoft systems the private key is hidden away and will only appear once the CSR request has been completed. Your SSL certificate will not work without this private key file. We will assume that this is the original system. To Install your SSL certificate on Windows Server 2003 – IIS 6 perform the following. Step 1: Picking up your SSL Certificate. If you had the option of server type during enrollment and selected Microsoft you will receive a […]

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Server 2003 IIS 6 – CSR/Install Instructions for Renewals without removing the existing certificate

Issue Condition: To generate a new CSR without removing the current certificate, a Temporary Dummy website can be created. This workaround will apply for Microsoft IIS 6 server 2003 that currently have certificates installed on their website, but a new CSR with a new key-bit length or different information in the Distinguished Name needs to be created. Creating a temporary website allows you to keep the current certificate active on the site while another certificate request is pending. After installing the certificate on the temporary web site, it can be applied to the production web site. 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 and […]

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