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Generate a CSR for Apache + SSLeay

Follow these instructions to generate a CSR for your web site.

You will need an OpenSSL installtion on your server.

Create a RSA key for your Apache server

If you already have an RSA key for your server then use that one otherwise type the following command to generate a private key that is file encrypted.
SSLeay genrsa -des3 -out domainname.key 2048
You will be prompted for the password to access the file and also when starting your webserver.
Warning: If you lose or forget the passphrase, you must purchase another certificate.

Generate a CSR

Type the following command to create a CSR with the RSA private key (output will be PEM format):
SSLeay req -new -key domainname.key -out domainname.csr
You will be promted for your PEM passphrase followed by the distinguished name fields (You can find more infomration on these fields here).

Copy the CSR and use it to buy your certificate online.

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