CSR Generation: Microsoft OWA (Outlook Web Access)
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Creating a CSR
    1. Using the Internet Services Manager.
    2. Right click on the website that is hosting your OWA component (this is by default the "Default Web Site") and open its properties.

      Internet Services Manager - Properties
    3. Select the "Directory Security" tab and then click on "Server Certificates". The "Web Server Certificates Wizard" will now be displayed, click Next.

    4. On the "Server Certificate" dialogue box (below), we are going to select "Create a new certificate", click Next.

      IIS Certificate Wizard - Server Certificate
    5. In the "Delayed or Immediate Request" dialogue box (below) select "Prepare the request now, but send it later", click Next.

      IIS Certificate Wizard - Delayed or Immediate request
    6. Next you are presented with the "Name and Security Settings" dialogue box (below). Give your new certificate a name and also select the bit length. It is recommended to select 2048 or higher for Bit length.

      IIS Certificate Wizard - Name and Security Settings
    7. In the "Organisation Information" dialogue box (below), enter the name of your organisation. This should be as you want it to appear on any legal documents as this is the name that will appear in your certificate. The organisational unit can be a location, department or business unit within your company.

      IIS Certificate Wizard - Organisation Information
    8. In the "Common Name" dialogue box (below), you must enter the FQDN of our web server.

      IIS Certificate Wizard - Common Name
    9. You are now presented with the "Geographical Information" dialogue box (below). It is important to make sure you enter the State in full, for example "New York" not just "NY". Abbreviating State names will be rejected at the end of the Certificate Wizard.

      IIS Certificate Wizard - Geographical Information
    10. . The last step is to specify the location of the Certificate Request File, remember where and what you called this as you will need it later.

      IIS Certificate Wizard - Certificate Request
    11. The "Request File Summary" will now appear (below). Make sure everything is OK and then click Next to process the request.

IIS Certificate Wizard - Request File Summary

You have now created a "Certificate Signing Request" which will be needed when you apply for your certificate.

To save your private key:

  • Go to: Certificates snap in the MMC
  • Select Requests
  • Select All tasks
  • Select Export

We recommend that you make a note of your password and backup your key as these are known only to you, so if you loose them we can't help! A floppy diskette or other removable media is recommended for your backup files.

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