Generating a Certificate Signing Request
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If you do not yet have an SSL certificate ready to use, you can use the steps below to create a Certificate Signing Request. This request is used in the generation of the SSL certificate with your chosen certificate provider. 

To generate a certificate signing request for requesting an SSL certificate from a security provider:

  1. Use OpenSSL to run the following commands. Be sure to replace <DomainName> with your domain:
openssl genrsa -out <DomainName>.key 2048
openssl req -new -sha256 -key <DomainName>.key -out <DomainName>.csr
  1. You will need to provide the following information:

Common Name

The fully qualified domain name for your desired portal URL

Organization Name

The exact legal name of your organization. Do not abbreviate your organization name.

Organizational Unit

Section of the organization.

City or Locality

The city where your organization is legally located.

State or Province

The state or province where your organization is legally located. Do not use an abbreviation.    


The two-letter ISO abbreviation for your country.

After completing these steps, a file containing the CSR string that is used by your SSL certificate provider will be created.

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