Can you raise CSR via a local machine rather than accessing server hosting IIS service?

hi guys

We recently ran into some issues regarding SSL certificates. Our provider who hosts the actual web servers, claims that they don't need necessarily access the IIS server in order to create a CSR to send to us so that we can buy the SSL.

They claim we can just set up the CSR from our local machines? How do we do that? Can I access the website they host and from there somehow do this? I don't get it.

Any help would be appreciated

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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Yes you can create the CSR on a local server and submit for signing with the certificate provider.

You just need to ensure that you enter the "Distinguished name" as it will be used by the website, i.e the name of the website when you are generating the CSR.

Let me know if you need any more info.


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YashyAuthor Commented:
Ah, I see. That's fab Emmanuel.  All this time, I thought that the CSR had to be set up on the hosting web server.

In that case, I can just create a CSR as long as the distinguished name is the same as the website name.

Also, the guys who host it said that once we have bought the SSL, we can then export a PFX file and send it to the guys who host the servers. They can then apply the pfx to the server?
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
You are exactly right.

YashyAuthor Commented:
Cheers Emmanuel.
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