How to Generate Certificate Signing Request (CSR) in Cisco ISE


This document provides instructions for generating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for Cisco ISE. If you are unable to use these instructions for your server, RapidSSL recommends that you contact Cisco.
NOTE: To generate a CSR, you will need to create a key pair for your server. These two items are a digital certificate key pair and cannot be separated. If you lose your public/private key file or your password and generate a new one, your SSL Certificate will no longer match.

To generate a Certificate Signing Request, perform following steps:

1.    Choose Administration > System > Certificates.
2.    From the Certificate Operations navigation pane on the left, click Local Certificates. 
       NOTE: To generate a CSR from a secondary node, choose Administration > System > Server Certificate.
3.    The Local Certificate page appears.
4.    Choose Add > Generate Certificate Signing Request.

       The Generate Certificate Signing Request page appears as shown below :

5.    Enter the certificate subject and the required key length. The certificate subject is a distinguished name (DN) identifying the entity associated with the certificate. Following information is required:

- Country Name (C): Use the two-letter code without punctuation for country, for example: US or CA

- State or Province (S): Spell out the state completely; do not abbreviate the state or province name, for example: California.

- Locality or City (L): The Locality field is the city or town name, for example: Berkeley.

- Organization (O): If your company or department has an &, @, or any other symbol using the shift key in its name, you must spell out the symbol or omit it to enroll, for example: XY & Z Corporation would be XYZ Corportation or XY and Z Corportation.

- Organizational Unit (OU): This field is the name of the department or organization unit making the request.

- Common Name (CN): The Common Name is the Host + Domain Name. 

NOTE: RapidSSL certificates can only be used on Web servers using the Common Name specified during enrollment. For example, a certificate for the domain "" will receive a warning if accessing a site named or "", because "" and" are different from "". 

6.    Click Submit to generate a CSR.
7.    A CSR and its private key are generated and stored in Cisco ISE. 
       You can view this CSR in the Certificate Signing Requests page.
8.    Verify your CSR
9.    Proceed with Enrloment and paste the CSR in the enrolment form when required.


       For more information refer to Cisco Support




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