Step 3: Request a Server Certificate from the Certificate Server

If you use Microsoft Certificate Services, use the following steps to request a server certificate from the certificate server. The following procedure is based on Microsoft Certificate Services installed on Windows Server 2003. The user interface will be slightly different if you are using Microsoft Certificate Services installed on Windows 2000 Server.

 Note   If you use another certificate authority (CA), use the steps supplied by the CA provider.

  1. In your Web browser, enter the URL of the CA server.
  2. On the Welcome page, click Request a certificate.
  3. On the Request a Certificate page, click advanced certificate request.
  4. On the Advanced Certificate Request page, click Submit a certificate request by using a base-64-encoded CMC or PKCS #10 file, or submit a renewal request by using a base-64-encoded PKCS #7 file.
  5. Leave the Web browser open on the Submit a Certificate Request or Renewal Request page and do the following:
    1. Open Certreq.txt in the directory <drive>:\Certificates\common_name. This is the directory that you created in the procedure in the "Create a server certificate by using the Certificate Wizard" step.
    2. Select and copy the contents of the file, and then close the text editor.
  6. Return to the Submit a Certificate Request or Renewal Request page.
  7. Paste the copied text into the Saved Request box, and then click Submit.
  8. On the Certificate Issued page, do the following:
  1. Leave the DER encoded option selected.
  2. Click Download certificate.
  3. In the File Download dialog box, click Save.
  4. In the Save As dialog box, navigate to <drive>:\Certificates\common_name.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click Close to close the Download Complete dialog box.
  7. Click Download certificate chain.
  8. In the File Download dialog box, click Save.
  9. In the Save As dialog box, navigate to <drive>:\Certificates\common_name.
  10. Click Save.
  11. Click Close to close the Download Complete dialog box.

 Note   If you are using Microsoft Certificate Services, it is important to save the .P7B file.

  1. Close the Web browser.
 
 
Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003, SPS Admin 2003