Using the completed configuration file, you can generate a CSR by running the certreq utility. You send the request to a third-party CA, which returns a signed certificate.

Verify that you completed a CSR configuration file. See Create a CSR Configuration File.

1

Open a command prompt by right-clicking on Command Prompt in the Start menu and selecting Run as administrator.

2

Navigate to the directory where you saved the request.inf file.

For example: cd c:\certificates

3

Generate the CSR file.

For example: certreq -new request.inf certreq.txt

4

In a text editor, open the CSR file (such as certreq.txt) and copy the contents of the file, including the beginning and ending tags.

For example:

-----BEGIN NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----
MIID2jCCAsICAQAwazEWMBQGA1UEBhMNVW5pdGVkIFN0YXRlczELMAkGA1UECAwC
Q0ExEjAQBgNVBAcMCVBhbG8gQWx0bzEKMAgGA1UECgwBTzELMAkGA1UECwwCT1Ux
FzAVBgNVBAMMDm15LmNvbXBhbnkuY29tMIIBIjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQEFAAOCAQ8A
. . . 
. . .
L9nPYX76jeu5rwQfXLivSCea6nZiIOZYw8Dbn8dgwAqpJdzBbrwuM1TuSnx6bAK8
S52Tv0GxW58jUTtxFV+Roz8TE8wZDFB51jx+FmLs
-----END NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----
5

Use the contents of the CSR file to submit a certificate request to the CA in accordance with the CA's enrollment process.

After conducting some checks on your company, the CA signs your request, encrypts it with a private key, and sends you a validated certificate.

The CA also sends you a root CA certificate and, if applicable, an intermediate CA certificate.

6

Save the certificate text to a new file named cert.cer on the View server on which the certificate request was generated.

7

Save the root CA and intermediate CA certificates to files named root.cer and intermediate.cer on the View server on which the certificate request was generated.

Import the certificate into the Windows local computer certificate store.