How to generate a CSR in Microsoft IIS 7

Posted: 4th August 2014 by kunwardharmesh in IIS7
  • Click Start, then Administrative Tools, then Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  • Click on the server name.
  • From the center menu, double-click the “Server Certificates” button in the “Security” section (it is near the bottom of the menu).


  • Next, from the “Actions” menu (on the right), click on “Create Certificate Request.” This will open the Request Certificate wizard.iis7-csr-2
  • In the “Distinguished Name Properties” window, enter the information as follows:

    Common Name – The name through which the certificate will be accessed (usually the fully-qualified domain name, e.g., or
    Organization – The legally registered name of your organization/company.
    Organizational unit – The name of your department within the organization (frequently this entry will be listed as “IT,” “Web Security,” or is simply left blank).
    City/locality – The city in which your organization is located.
    State/province – The state in which your organization is located.
    Country/region – two-digit country code


  • Click Next.
  • In the “Cryptographic Service Provider Properties” window, enter the following information and then, click Next:
  • Cryptographic service provider – In the drop-down list, select Microsoft RSA SChannel…, unless you have a specific cryptographic provider.
    Bit length – In the drop-down list, select 2048 (or higher).


  • Enter a filename for your CSR file.Remember the filename that you choose and the location to which you save it. You will need to open this file as a text file and copy the entire body of it (including the Begin and End Certificate Request tags) into the online order process when prompted.
  • After you receive your SSL Certificate from DigiCert, you can install it.