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How to Generate a CSR for Microsoft Exchange 2010

How to Generate a CSR for Microsoft Exchange 2010


1. Launch Exchange

Launch Microsoft Exchange 2010 from your programs and select Exchange Management Console.

2. Navigate to "New Exchange Certificate"

Select Manage Databases on the right-hand side.

Select Server Configurations in the left side menu.

Select New Exchange Certificate on the right side menu.

3. Enter a Friendly Name

Enter a Friendly Name when prompted in the opened window.

Please name the file something you can easily recognize in the future. This will only be an internal reference name and will not be part of your SSL certificate.

4. Indicate if Certificate is Wildcard

In the Domain Scope menu, select the check box ONLY if you are using a Wildcard Certificate (* and if so, skip to Step 6. If not, proceed accordingly to the next screen/step.

5. Specify Domain Names

In the Exchange Configuration menu, click the Service Options that you plan on securing and specify the Domain Name for each service.

The next screen will suggest names for you. You can remove them if you like by right clicking on them.

6. Enter in the CSR Details

Common Name (CN)

The FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) you want to secure with the certificate such as,, *, etc.

Organization Name (ON)

The full legal name of your organization including the corporate identifier.

Organizational Unit (OU)

Your department such as ‘Information Technology’ or “Website Security.”

Locality or City (L)

The locality or city where your organization is legally incorporated. Do not abbreviate.

State or Province (S)

The state or province where your organization is legally incorporated. Do not abbreviate.

Country Name (C)

The official two-letter country code (i.e. US, CH) where your organization is legally incorporated.

7. Save the CSR

Click Browse to specify the location where you want to save the CSR as a “.reg” file and click Save.

Enter a friendly name to distinguish the request in the future.

Click Next, New, and then Finish.

8. Upload Your CSR

Locate and open the newly created CSR from the specified location you choose in a text editor such as Notepad and copy all the text including:


After you have received your CSR, return to your 101domain account and upload your CSR or paste in your CSR code.


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