How to Generate a CSR for iPlanet

You will need to create a key pair for your server to generate a CSR. These two items are a digital certificate key pair and must not be separated. Losing your public/private key file or password will result in you havinf to generate a new one, causing your SSL Certificate to no longer match. You will have to order a new SSL Certificate and which may result in a charge.

Step 1: Create a Key Database
  1. Select the server instance to manage and click Manage.
  2. Click Security
  3. Click Create Database
  4. Enter and confirm a password to protect this database.

Step 2: Generate a CSR
  1. Click Request a Certificate
    • Enter your email address as the CA Email address. VeriSign 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:

      a. Country Name: Use the two-letter code without punctuation for country, for example: US

      b. State or Province: Spell out the state completely; do not abbreviate the state or province name, for example: Ohio c. Locality or City: The locality field is the city or town, for example: Atlanta

      d. Company: If your company or department have an &, @, or any other symbol in its name, you must spell it out or omit the characters to enroll.

      e. Organizational Unit: This field is optional but can be useful in helping identify certificates registered to an organization. The Organizational Unit (OU) field is the name of the department or organization or department unit making the request.

      f. Common name: The Common Name is the Host + Domain name. It looks like "" or ""

      SSL certificates can only be used on the Web server using the Common Name specified during enrollment. For example, a certificate for the domain “” will receive a warning if accessing a site named "" or "", because the URLs are different than the original domain name, "".
    • 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. You have just created a key pair and a CSR.

    • Verify your CSR

    • Go to Enrollment.