How to Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in Windows IIS 10


This how-to will step you through generating a certificate signing request (CSR) in IIS. These procedures were tested in Windows 10 on IIS 10, but will also work in IIS 7.x and 8.x.

  1. Start IIS Manager.

    Start IIS Manager. One quick way to do this is by opening the Run command, then typing inetmgr and clicking the OK button.                                                                                                                     

  2. Select server.

    Select the server in the Connections pane, on the left side of the window.

  3. Open Server Certificates.

    Double-click the Server Certificates icon, located under IIS in the center pane of the window.

  4. Click “Create Certificate Request.”

    Click the Create Certificate Request… link, in the Actions pane on the right side of the window.

  5. Enter Distinguished Name Properties.

    The Request Certificate wizard will open. Fill out the Distinguished Name Properties form with the following information:

    • Common Name: The hostname that will use the certificate. This is usually a fully-qualified domain name, like, or You can also use a wildcard, like *
     Organization: The legal name of your company or organization.
     Organizational Unit: The departmental or division name for your group.
    • City/locality: The city where your company is located.
     State/province: The state where your company is located.
     Country/region: Please use the two-character abbreviation for your country.

    When you are finished filling out the form, click the Next button.                                                                   

  6. Set Cryptographic Service Provider Properties.

    Next, set the Cryptographic Service Provider Properties. Use the drop-down menus to select Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider as the cryptographic service provider, and a bit length of 2048 (unless you have a reason to set these to other values). When you are finished, click the Next button.

  7. Create file name and finish.

    Create a file name for your CSR, then click the Finish button.                                                                        

  8. Next steps.

    Please open the CSR in a text editor, then copy and submit it to your SSL provider to issue the SSL certificate.