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Article ID: 3375, created on Nov 30, 2007, last review on Apr 13, 2016

  • Applies to:
  • H-Sphere 3.6.3


A CSR is a file containing your certificate application information, including your Public Key. Generate your CSR and then copy and paste the CSR file into the webform during enrollment process.

To generate a pair of private key and public Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for a domain, use the following command :

    openssl req -new -nodes -keyout mydomain.key -out domain.csr

That creates two files. The file mydomain.key contains a private key; do not disclose this file to anyone. Carefully protect the private key.

In particular, be sure to backup the private key, as there is no means to recover it should it be lost. The private key is used as input in the command to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR).

You will now be asked for details to be entered into your CSR. What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or DN. For some fields there will be a default value, if you enter '.', the field will be left blank.

     Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]: GB
     State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]: Yorks
     Locality Name (eg, city) ]: York
     Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]: MyCompany Ltd
     Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) ]: IT
     Common Name (eg, YOUR name) ]:
     Email Address ]:

     Please enter the following 'extra' attributes to be sent with your certificate request

     A challenge password ]:
     An optional company name ]:

Use the name of your domain as a Common Name (CN).

Check the content of the certificate request file:

    openssl req -noout -text -in domain.csr

Your CSR is now created. Open domain.csr in a text editor and copy and paste the contents into online enrollment form when requested.

f213b9fa8759d57bee5d547445806fe7 6b908665c0d1eca5bdd0141a32fd712a 2e39a5e5b1423cc126cf735bac076008 3ef1f5f998c0dc182718a7fe4376f875

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