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A Certificate Signing Request (CSR) is a message sent to a Certificate Authority (CA) to request a public key certificate for a person or web server. The majority of public key certificates issued are SSL certificates, which are used to secure communications with web sites. The CA examines the CSR, which it considers to be a wish list from the requesting entity. If the request is in line with the CA's policy or it can be modified to bring it in line, the CA issues a certificate for the requesting entity.

Generating an SSL CSR

To generate an SSL CSR:

  1. Log in to the Admin interface using your System Console account.

    For more information, see Logging in to the Admin Interface.

  2. Navigate to MAINTENANCE > SECURITY.

  3. Click the CSR subtab.

    GeneratingSSL_CSR.png

  4. Check with your CA and carefully enter correct values for the following:

    • Country Code (the 2 character ISO 3166 country code)
    • State or Province Name
    • Locality/City
    • Organization
    • Organization Unit
    • Common Name (the FQDN of the server)
    • Email Address

  5. Provide all field information exactly as you registered it with your domain registration provider.

    You should consider all information on this screen mandatory before you click Generate/Regenerate.

    Click Cancel to reload any previously saved field information.

    Your SSL CSR is generated based on the SSL Private Key you entered during Importing an SSL Private Key or Regenerating an SSL Private Key.


Viewing an SSL CSR

To view an SSL CSR:

  1. Log in to the Admin Interface using your System Console account.

    For more information, see Logging in to the Admin Interface.

  2. Navigate to MAINTENANCE > SECURITY.

  3. Click the CSR subtab.

    GeneratingSSL_CSR.png

  4. Click View.

    The Certificate Signing Request pop-up displays.

    Certificate_Signing_Request.png

  5. Click Done.
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