Certificate Signing Request (CSR) Generation Instructions for Apple Mac OS X 10.6 (snow leopard)

Solution ID:    SO17754    Updated:    07/01/2016


To generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) file using Apple Mac OS X 10.6, snow leopard, perform the following steps:

  1. Launch the Server Admin tool and connect to the server where you want to install the certificate.
    1. Applications > Server > Server Admin
  2. Double click the server name in the SERVERS list.
  3. Enter the password, click Connect
  4. From the toolbar select Certificates
  5. Click + (add) button
  6. Select Create a Certificate Identity to open Certificate Assistant
    • Name: Your certificate name (e.g. www.exampledomain.com)
    • Identity Type: Self Signed Root
    • Certificate Type: SSL Server
    • Override the defaults by selecting the option “Let me override defaults”
  7. Click Continue
  8. Changes to the Serial Number or Validity Period is not required, click Continue
  9. Enter the Certificate Information:
    • Email Address - An email address of the responsible party for certificates
    • Common Name - The fully-qualified domain name for which you plan to use your certificate (e.g., - "www.example.com").
    • Organization - The full legal name of your organization. The listed organization must be the legal registrant of the domain name in the certificate request.
    • Organizational Unit (Optional) - Enter the name of a business unit or group. If applicable, you may enter the DBA (doing business as) name in this field.
    • City (Locality) - Name of the city in which your organization is registered/located. Please spell out the name of the city. Note: Do not abbreviate.
    • State/Province - Name of state or province where your organization is located. Please enter the full name. Note: Do not abbreviate.
    • Country - The two-letter International Organization for Standardization (ISO) format country code for the country in which your organization is legally registered.
  10. Click Continue
  11. Key Pair Information:
    • Key Size: 2048 bits
    • Algorithm: RSA
  12. Click Continue
  13. Proceed through the following screens, accept the defaults for each of the following:
    1. Key Usage Extension
    2. Extended Key Usage Extension
    3. Basic Constraints Extension
    4. Subject Alternative Name Extension
  14. After the last screen, the Certificate Assistant will save the Certificate and quit. You will be returned to Server Admin, and the self signed certificate should be displayed in the Certificates pane.
  15. Select the new certificate.
  16. Below the certificate name, click the Action menu (looks like a gear) and choose Generate Certificate Signing Request (CSR).
  17. Click Save to save the CSR.

For additional information please see the following Apple Support article:



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