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Generating a CSR for Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 4

Follow these instructions to generate a CSR for your Web site.

You must have Service Pack 4 or higher, or MS Internet Explorer 5 and higher

  1. Open the Key Manager. Go to the Key menu and select Create New Key.

  2. Select Put the request in a file that you will send to an authority. Enter a file and path in the text box that you will remember.
    Example: C:\NewKeyRq.txt.
    Click Next.

  3. Enter your key name as specified in the previous step. Enter and confirm a password.

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

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

Distinguished Name Field Explanation

Common Name

The fully qualified domain name for your web server. This must be an exact match.
example: If you intend to secure the URL https://www.geotrust.com, then your CSR's common name must be www.geotrust.com.


The exact legal name of your organization. Do not abbreviate your organization name.
example: GeoTrust Inc.

Organization Unit

Section of the organization

City or Locality

The city where your organization is legally located
example: Atlanta


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


The two-letter ISO abbreviation for your country.
example: US = United States

Administrator Name

Contact Name
example: John Smith

Email Address

Contact Email
example: john.smith@geotrust.com

Phone Number

Contact Phone
example: 555-555-1212

  1. After you close out of the key manager, click on Yes to Commit all Changes.

    Warning: If you do not click yes, your private key will not be saved and your certificate from GeoTrust will not install.

  2. Submit your CSR to GeoTrust by pasting the CSR. You will be asked to complete the agreement and the enrollment form as well.
    Note: Remember to back up your key pair file.

The Server Gated Cryptographic extension can be enabled or disabled from the registry.

Check the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL

By default, there is no value or key for EnableSGC. You have to add it in order to support SGC, and you would set the value to 1 - that is, you would create a new key "EnableSGC" and set its value to 1. If the "EnableSGC" key already exists, just set EnableSGC=0.

See also the following Microsoft articles:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q234271 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q194889 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q239449 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q249863

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