Request a certificate
Updated: January 21, 2011
Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2
To request a certificate
Open the Certificates console for the user, computer, or service you want to manage.
Tip For instructions on creating a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) that allows you to manage the certificates of a user account, computer account, or service account, see the appropriate article from the following list
In the console tree, select the correct store that has the certificate you want to request. For example, under Certificates – Current User, expand Personal, click Certificates.
Note For information on the different view options, see Certificates Console (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=209851).
In the details pane, click the certificate associated with the public key you want to associate a new certificate.
On the Action menu, point to All Tasks, and then click Request New Certificate to start the Certificate Request Wizard.
In the Certificate Request Wizard, provide the following information:
Click the type of certificate you want to request.
(Optional) If you have selected the Advanced check box, click the cryptographic service provider (CSP) you are using.
(Optional) If you have selected the Advanced check box, click the key length (measured in bits) of the public key associated with the certificate.
(Optional) If you have selected the Advanced check box and you want to enable strong private key protection, select the Enable strong private key protection check box. Enabling strong private key protection will ensure that you are prompted for a password every time the private key is used. This is useful if you want to make sure that the private key is not used without your knowledge.
(Optional) If you have selected the Advanced check box and if you have more than one certification authority (CA) available, choose the name of the certification authority that will issue the certificate.
A friendly name for your new certificate.
- Click the type of certificate you want to request.
After the Certificate Request Wizard has successfully finished, click OK.
Information about functional differences
Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.
Manage certificates for your user account
Manage certificates for a computer
Manage certificates for a service
Display certificate stores in Logical Store mode
Request a certificate with the same key
Certificates and certification authorities
Using Windows 2000 Certificate Services Web pages