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OS X Mavericks Server: SSL Certificate CSR Creation

If you already have your SSL Certificate and just need to install it, see
Mac OS X Mavericks Server: SSL Certificate Installation.


Mac OS X Mavericks: CSR Creation Using the Server App

To get a valid SSL Certificate, you must first generate a CSR (certificate signing request). Then, you will use the contents of the CSR to order your SSL Certificate. Once you receive your SSL Certificate, you can then install it.

Mac OS X Mavericks Server (10.9): How to Generate a CSR Using the Server App

  1. Open the Server App.

    In the Finder window, under Favorites, click Applications and then double-click Server.

    Mac OS X Mavericks Open Server App

  2. In the Server window, do one of the following options to select the server on which you want to create your CSR.

    Note:    You should select the server on which you are going to eventually install this SSL Certificate.

      • To create the CSR on this server

        1. Select This Mac – YourServerName and then click Continue.

        2. Enter your Administrator Name and Administrator Password and then click Connect.

      • To create the CSR on another server

        1. Select Other Mac and then click Continue.

        2. Enter your Host Name or IP Address, your Administrator Name and Administrator Password, and then click Connect.

    Mac OS X Mavericks Select Servername

  3. In the Server window, under Server, click Certificates.

    Mac OS X Mavericks Server App Certificates

  4. On the Certificates page, click + > Get a Trusted Certificate.

    Mac OS X Mavericks Server App Certificates

  5. On the Get a Trusted Certificate page, click Next.

    Mac OS X Mavericks Server App, Get a Trusted Certificate page

  6. Enter the following information:

    Host Name: Enter the name to be used to access the certificate. This name is usually the fully qualified domain name (FQDN).
      For example, www.yourdomain.com or yourdomain.com
    Contact Email Address: Enter an email address at which you can be contacted.
    Company or Organization: Enter the legally registered name of your organization or company.
    Department: Enter the name of your department within the organization. For example, you can enter IT or Web Security.
    Town or City: Enter the town or city where your organization or company is located.
    State or Providence: Enter the state or providence where your organization or company is located.
    Country: In the drop-down list, select the country where your organization or company is located.

    Mac OS X Mavericks Server App, Get a Trusted Certificate enter CSR information

  7. To generate your CSR, click Next.

  8. Click Save and save the CSR, making sure to note the filename and location of the file.

    Mac OS X Mavericks Server App, Save CSR

    Mac OS X Mavericks Server App, Save CSR

  9. Click Finish.

    Mac OS X Mavericks Server App, Get a Trusted Certificate Finish

  10. Use a text editor (such as TextEdit) to open the file. Then, copy the text, including the -----BEGIN NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- and -----END NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- tags, and enter it into the Comodo order form.

    Note: During your COMODO SSL Certificate ordering process, make sure that you select OTHER when asked to Select Server Software. This option ensures that you receive all the required certificates for Mac OS X Mavericks SSL Certificate Installation (Intermediate and SSL Certificates).

    Software Selection

  11. After you receive your SSL Certificate from COMODO, you can install it.

    See Mac OS X Mavericks: SSL Certificate Installation.

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