To generate a CSR, you will need to create a key pair for your server. These two items are a digital certificate key pair and cannot be separated. If you lose your public/private key file or your password and generate a new one, your SSL Certificate will no longer match and a replacement has to be made.
Geotrust recommends that you contact the iPlanet vendor for additional information.
Step 1: Create a Key Database
NOTE: A key length of 1024 bit is the default, but Geotrust recommends the use of a 2048 bit key.
If the request is intended for an Extended Validation certificate or a certificate with a validity period beyond December 31, 2013, the 2048 bit key length will need to be selected.
- Select the server instance to manage and click Manage.
- Click Security
- Click Create Database
- Enter and confirm a password to protect this database.
Step 2: Generate a CSR
- Click Request a Certificate
- Enter your email address as the CA Email address. Geotrust does not use this email for accepting certificates, so a copy will be emailed to you.
- Enter a key pair file password to protect your keys. This can be the same password as the key database.
- Fill out all of the CSR information, and click OK.
This step will prompt for the following X.509 attributes of the certificate:
Country Name (C): Use the two-letter code without punctuation for country, for example: US or CA.
State or Province (S): Spell out the state completely; do not abbreviate the state or province name, for example: California
Locality or City (L): The Locality field is the city or town name, for example: Berkeley.
Organization (O): If your company or department has an &, @, or any other symbol using the shift key in its name, you must spell out the symbol or omit it to enroll.
Example: XYZ Corporation
Organizational Unit (OU): This field is optional; but can be used to help identify certificates registered to an organization. The Organizational Unit (OU) field is the name of the department or organization unit making the request.
Common Name (CN): The Common Name is the Host + Domain Name. It looks like "www.company.com" or "company.com".
Geotrust certificates can only be used on Web servers using the Common Name specified during enrollment. For example, a certificate for the domain "domain.com" will receive a warning if accessing a site named "www.domain.com" or "secure.domain.com", because "www.domain.com" and "secure.domain.com" are different from "domain.com".
- The server will generate the CSR and display it on the page. To copy and paste the information into the enrollment form, open the file in a text editor that does not add extra characters (Notepad or Vi are recommended).
- Click Apply to commit the changes.
- Copy and past the CSR onto the enrollment pages on the Geotrust website.