CSR Generation for Windows Server 2016

A Certificate Signing Request (CSR) is a block of encoded text that is generated on the server where the certificate will be installed. It contains information that will be included in the certificate such as the organization name, common name (domain name), locality, and country. The CSR is then used to apply for an SSL Certificate. Generating a CSR on Windows Server 2016 is a straightforward process that can be completed in minutes.

Step-by-Step Guide to CSR Generation for Windows Server 2016

The following steps will guide you through the CSR generation process on Windows Server 2016:

  1. Log in to the server as an administrator.
  2. Open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  3. In the Connections pane, select the server name.
  4. Double-click the Server Certificates icon.
  5. In the Actions pane, click Create Certificate Request.
  6. In the Distinguished Name Properties window, enter the following information:
    • Common Name: Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the server.
    • Organization: Enter the legally registered name of your organization.
    • Organizational Unit: Enter the name of your department within the organization.
    • City/Locality: Enter the city where your organization is located.
    • State/Province: Enter the state or province where your organization is located.
    • Country/Region: Enter the two-letter country code where your organization is located.
  7. In the Cryptographic Service Provider Properties window, select Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider and select a bit length of 2048.
  8. Click the OK button.
  9. Enter a filename and location for the CSR file and click the Finish button.
  10. Open the CSR file in a text editor and copy the encoded text.
  11. Paste the encoded text into the CSR field when applying for an eSSL SSL Certificate.

Security Recommendations for Windows Server 2016

When using Windows Server 2016, it is important to ensure that the server is secure. Here are some security recommendations to help keep your server secure:

  • Keep the server up to date with the latest security patches.
  • Use strong passwords and change them regularly.
  • Restrict access to the server to only authorized users.
  • Disable unnecessary services and protocols.
  • Use a firewall to protect the server from external threats.
  • Monitor the server for suspicious activity.
  • Use an SSL Certificate to encrypt communications between the server and clients.

By following these security recommendations, you can help ensure that your Windows Server 2016 is secure and protected from potential threats.

Generating a CSR on Windows Server 2016 is a simple process that can be completed in minutes. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can quickly generate a CSR and apply for an eSSL SSL Certificate to secure your server. For more information on how to generate a CSR for different server types, please refer to this guide.