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Generate SSL certificate request (CSR) using certreq.exe

Generate SSL certificate request (CSR) using certreq.exe
As a working Lync administrator, you may require to created CSR request for Lync Server. May external communication, internal, web services etc.
I use to use Certreq.exe for creating certificate request this very easy way. Want to share same with you.
The following is an example of how to use “CERTREQ.EXE”:
1.    From a command prompt change directory to the location where you saved the “request.inf” file.

2.    Create the Certificate request:  Certreq.exe –new request.inf request.csr

E.g. C:\temp\Lyncweb>certreq.exe -new lyncweb.inf lyncweb.csr
Note: you must open command prompt as Administrator to perform task. 
3.    Send request.csr file contents to third part CA.

4.    Retrieve the certificate save it in certnew.cer.  Make sure that you save the file in the same directory where you have saved request.inf file.

5.    Accept the issued certificate:  Certreq.exe –accept certnew.cer

6.    Use MMC Certificate manager to export the certificate along with the Private Key. 

Example “REQUEST.INF” file:  Copy the below into a new file named request.inf and edit the “Subject” and “FriendlyName” values along with the SANs listed under the section [Extension]. 

Signature="$Windows NT$"

Subject = ",OU=IT,O=Ceskeho,L=Goodyear,S=AZ,C=US"
FriendlyName = "Lync Reverse Proxy Cert"
Exportable = TRUE
KeyLength = 2048
KeySpec = 1
KeyUsage = 0xa0
MachineKeySet = True
ProviderName = "Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider"
RequestType = PKCS10 

OID= ; Server Authentication
OID= ; Client Authentication 

CertificateTemplate = WebServer

; If your client operating system is Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7; SANs can be included in the Extensions section by using the following text format. Note is the OID for a SAN extension. = "{text}"
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = ""
_continue_ = "" 

Thank you


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