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How to generate Certificate Signing Request using Microsoft Management Console (MMC) on Windows 2012

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Purpose: SSL/TLS Certificate installation guide
Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Help
For Microsoft Management Console on Windows 2012

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Complete the following steps to create your CSR.

1. Click Start > Run.

2. Enter MMC and click OK.

3. Go to File > Add/Remove Snap-in.

4. Click Certificates, and select Add.

5. Select Computer Account, and click Next.

6. Select Local Computer and click Finish

7. Click OK to close the Snap-ins window.

8. Double-click Certificates (local computer) to expand its view.

9. Expand the Personal folder in the Certificates. Right-click then All Tasks , select Advanced Operations and Create Custom Request .

10. Click next on the Certificate Enrollment wizard

11. Select the option Proceed without enrollment policy then click Next to continue.

12. On Template option, select (No Template) Legacy Key and PKCS #10 on Request format option. Click next.

13. Expand Details section by clicking on the arrow pointing down and then click on Properties button.

14. On General tab, type in Friendly Name for your SSL certificate and Description (optional). Click on Subject tab to continue for the next entries.

15. On Subject tab, select Common Name on drop down list under Type option for your Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). Type your domain name on value field under the Common Name Option then Click Add button. The CN field will show on the information box on the right hand side of Add button.

16. Continue with the same step above for the rest of the fields:





Common name


Domain to be secured by certificate



Organization’s legal business name

Entrust Inc.

Organizational Unit


Department in the organization




Business location - city




Business location – state/province




Business location - country


If the Subject Alternative Names (SAN) are required on the certificate, select DNS on the drop down list from the Type option under Alternative name section. Type the domain name on the value field and then click Add button. Repeat the step until all the SAN completely added. Click Private Key tab to continue.

17. Click down arrow button on Cryptographic Service Provider section to expand the list of all CSPs. Make sure only Microsoft RSA SChannel cryptographic Provider (Encryption) is checked on this section.

18. Expand Key Options section by clicking the down arrow button on the side, the minimum keysize must be 2048 bytes and check the box for Make Private Key Exportable .

19. Expand Key Type section by click on down arrow button on the side, select Exchange option on Key Type section. Click Apply, OK button and then Next button to continue.

20. Click on Browse button to select the location where the certificate signing request (CSR) will be saved. Type the file name and make sure the Base 64 is selected. Click Finish button. Your CSR now has been generated.

21. Here is the sample of the CSR when you opened it with Notepad.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Entrust Certificate Services Support department for further assistance:

Hours of Operation:

Sunday 8:00 PM ET to Friday 8:00 PM ET

North America (toll free): 1-866-267-9297

Outside North America: 1-613-270-2680 (or see the list below)

NOTE: It is very important that international callers dial the UITF format exactly as indicated. Do not dial an extra "1" before the "800" or your call will not be accepted as an UITF toll free call.

Country Number
Australia 0011 - 800-3687-7863
Austria 00 - 800-3687-7863
Belgium 00 - 800-3687-7863
Denmark 00 - 800-3687-7863
Finland 990 - 800-3687-7863 (Telecom Finland)
00 - 800-3687-7863 (Finnet)
France 00 - 800-3687-7863
Germany 00 - 800-3687-7863
Hong Kong 001 - 800-3687-7863 (Voice)
002 - 800-3687-7863 (Fax)
Ireland 00 - 800-3687-7863
Israel 014 - 800-3687-7863
Italy 00 - 800-3687-7863
Japan 001 - 800-3687-7863 (KDD)
004 - 800-3687-7863 (ITJ)
0061 - 800-3687-7863 (IDC)
Korea 001 - 800-3687-7863 (Korea Telecom)
002 - 800-3687-7863 (Dacom)
Malaysia 00 - 800-3687-7863
Netherlands 00 - 800-3687-7863
New Zealand 00 - 800-3687-7863
Norway 00 - 800-3687-7863
Singapore 001 - 800-3687-7863
Spain 00 - 800-3687-7863
Sweden 00 - 800-3687-7863 (Telia)
00 - 800-3687-7863 (Tele2)
Switzerland 00 - 800-3687-7863
Taiwan 00 - 800-3687-7863
United Kingdom 00 - 800-3687-7863
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