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How to Generate a CSR for Microsoft IIS 5 & 6

How to Generate a CSR for Microsoft IIS 5 & 6

1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

Click Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, and then select Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

2. Navigate to Website Properties

In the left menu, click + next to your local computer and then Web Sites.

Right-click the website (i.e. Default Web Site) that you want to protect and click Properties.

3. In Directory Security, Select Server Certificates 

In the Default Web Site Properties window, select the Directory Security tab, click Server Certificate…, and then Next.

4. Select Create a New Certificate

Then click Next.

For renewing an existing SSL Certificate, select “Renew, Remove, or Replace your certificate” and skip to Step 7.

5. Select Prepare Request Now, But Send It Later

Then click Next.

6. Enter a Friendly Name

Enter a friendly name for your certificate, select a Bit Length of 2048, and click Next, without checking the boxes.

Please name the certificate 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.

7. Follow the Wizard to Enter In Your Organization and Website Information

Enter your legally incorporated Organization Name and Organizational Unit such as “IT Security” and click Next.

Enter your Common Name which will be the FQDN (fully qualified domain name) on your SSL certificate.

For Wildcard Certificates, you must add the asterisk symbol in the left furthest sub-domain (i.e. * which is what enables unlimited at that specific level.

Select the Geographic Location for your company and click Next.

8. Save the CSR

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

9. Review and Finish

Review the Request File Summary and if changes are required, click Finish.

10. Upload the 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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