General CSR Creation Guidelines
Before you can order an SSL Certificate, you must first generate a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) for your server.
A CSR is an encrypted body of text. Your CSR will contain encoded information specific to your company and domain name; this information is known as a Distinguished Name or DN. The DN for most servers contains the following fields: Country, State (or province), Locality (or city), Organization, Organizational Unit, and Common Name.
Common Platforms & Operating Systems
Apache Server (OpenSSL)Resources:
All CSR Creation Instructions by Platform/OS
- 2X Application Server
- 3Com Wireless LAN
- Adobe Connect
- Alpha Five
- AEP Netilla
- Apache (OpenSSL)
- Barracuda Spam & Virus
- Barracuda SSL VPN
- Cerberus FTP
- Checkpoint VPN
- Cisco ASA
- Cisco Mobility
- Citrix Access Gateway
- Citrix Access Essentials
- Cobalt RaQ3x/4x/XTR
- Courier IMAP
- C2Net Stronghold
- Ensim Control Panel
- F5 BIG-IP
- F5 FirePass
- Hsphere Web Server
- IBM HTTP Server
- Java (Generic) Web Servers
- Lotus Domino Go 126.96.36.199+
- Lotus Domino 4.6x & 5.0x
- Lotus Domino 8.5
- Mac OS X Lion
- Microsoft Exchange 2007
- Microsoft Exchange 2010
- Microsoft Exchange 2013
- Microsoft IIS 4.x
- Microsoft IIS 5.x/6.x
- Microsoft IIS 7
- Microsoft Office Comm. Server
- Microsoft Outlook Web Access
- Novell ConsoleOne
- Novell I-Chain
The Country is a two-digit code - For the United States, it's US. For countries outside of the United States, see this list of
SSL Certificate Country Codes.
State and Locality are the full names, e.g. California or Los Angeles.
The Organization name is your full legal company or personal name, as legally registered in your locality.
The Organizational Unit is whichever branch of your company is ordering the certificate, such as accounting, marketing, etc.
The Common Name is the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) for which you are requesting the SSL Certificate.
NOTE: If you are generating a CSR for a wildcard certificate your common name must start with an * (for example, *.digicert.com). The wildcard
character (*) will be able to assume any name that does not have a dot character in it.
Once your CSR is created, you will simply copy and paste it into the online order form when purchasing your SSL Certificate.
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