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SSL Certificates

Generating a CSR for iPlanet Enterprise Server 4.1

  1. Start your iPlanet Enterprise web server.

  2. Open the iPlanet Netscape administration page.

  3. Log in as the administrator.

  4. Click on Security.

  5. Select Create Database (If you have not already created the security database). If no database exists, iPlanet Web Server creates the proper key and certificate database files and stores them in the alias/ directory (otherwise, iPlanet Web Server displays an error message).

  6. Type in Database Password. Confirm Password. Click OK.

Warning: If you lose the password, you must purchase another certificate.

  1. Click on Request a Certificate.

  2. Select New Certificate.

  3. Select CA URL (enter www.geotrust.com in the box). Note: this selection is arbitrary; you will be presented with the resulting CSR in the next window - that's when you cut-and-paste the CSR and save it.

  4. Enter your key pair file password.

  5. When creating a CSR you must follow these conventions.
    Type in the Distinguished Name Field information.
    The following characters can not be accepted: < > ~ ! @ # $ % ^ * / \ ( ) ?. &

Distinguished Name Fields



Requester Name

Your Name

John Smith

Telephone Number

Your phone number

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Common Name

The fully qualified domain name for your web server. This must be an exact match.

 If you intend to secure the URL https://www.geotrust.com, then your CSR's common name must be www.geotrust.com.

Email address

Your email address



The exact legal name of your organization. Do not abbreviate your organization name.

GeoTrust Inc.

Organization Unit

Section of the organization


Locality or City

The city where your organization is legally located.



The state or province where your organization is legally located. Can not be abbreviated.



The two-letter ISO abbreviation for your country.

US = United States

  1. Click OK when finished.

  2. Enter Certificate Request Information:

What you see

Whatyou should type


Submit CSR

Certificate Type


Requester Name


Requester Email


Requester Phone

Phone Number

Requester Comments

(Leave blank)

  1. The system will generate a CSR in PKCS #10 format which will start with "-----Begin Certificate Request-----" and it will end with "-----End Certificate Request-----".

  2. Save this CSR into a text file. If you are using Windows or NT, you can use Notepad to cut and paste the CSR and then save it.  

  3. Submit the CSR by pasting the certificate request into the web form.

Backing up your key pair file

A key-pair file contains both the public and private keys used for SSL encryption. You will use the key-pair file when you request and install a certificate. The key-pair file is stored encrypted in the following directory: server_root/alias/<serverid-hostname>-key3.db.  

When you create the key, you specify a password that you later use when you request the certificate and when you start a server that is using encrypted communications.

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