Use the web server to generate a CSR

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Before you can enroll for a Server ID, you must generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) from your web server. During the creation of the CSR, the following fields are to be entered: Organization, Organizational Unit, Country, State, Locality, and Common Name.

The Common Name field is often misinterpreted and incorrectly supplied. The Common Name is typically composed of Host + Domain Name and will look like "" or "". VeriSign Server IDs are specific to the Common Name that they have been issued to at the Host level. The Common Name must be the same as the Web address you will be accessing when connecting to a secure site. For example, a Server ID for the domain "" will receive a warning if accessing a site named "" or "". You must create a CSR for the correct Common Name. When the Server ID will be used on an intranet (or internal network), the Common Name may be one word, and it can also be the name of the server.

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Error-free CSR generation: important information