How to Generate a CSR for Sun ONE

A key pair must be created for the server in order to generate a CSR. It is important for the key pair and the digital certificate to not be separated. If the password or the public/private key file is lost or amended before the SSL certificate is installed, the SSL certificate will need to be re-issued. In order for the installation to be successful, the private key, CSR, and the digital certificate must all match.

The CSR needs to contain the following attributes:

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, for example: XY & Z Corporation would be XYZ Corportation or XY and Z Corportation.
Organizational Unit (OU): This 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 "" or "".

Note: SSL certificates can only be used on Web servers 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 "" and "" are different from "".

Generate a Key Pair and CSR

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 own email address as the CA Email address. Although your Sun server supports the use of email for sending certificate requests, VeriSign requires you to paste the certificate request into the enrollment form.

  • Enter a key pair file password to protect your keys.

  • Fill out all of the CSR information, and click OK.
  1. The server will generate the CSR and display it on the page. Copy and paste the CSR from there into the enrollment form.  
    Note: You must copy the entire CSR, including every character in the Begin New Certificate Request and End New Certificate Requestlines.
  2. You have just created a key pair and a CSR.

  3. Verify your CSR

  4. Paste the information into the enrollment form when prompted for the CSR.