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.

Perform the certreq operation described in this procedure on the computer where the CSR configuration file is located.

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.

a

When you submit the request to a CA, the CA prompts you to select the type of server on which you will install the certificate. Since View uses the Microsoft Certificates MMC to manage certificates, select a certificate for a server type of Microsoft, Microsoft IIS 7, or something similar. The CA should produce a certificate in the format needed to work with View.

b

If you request a single server name certificate, use a name that the View server can resolve. The name that computers use to connect to the View server should match the name associated with the certificate.

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

Rename the certificate text file to cert.cer.

Make sure that the file is located on the View server on which the certificate request was generated.

7

Rename the root CA and intermediate CA certificate files to root.cer and intermediate.cer.

Make sure that the files are located on the View server on which the certificate request was generated.

Verify that the CSR file and its private key were stored in the Windows local computer certificate store.