How to Generate a CSR on SonicWall

In this tutorial, we will show you how to generate a CSR on SonicWall.

Just follow the steps below:

Step 1. Initiate the CSR generation

  1. Log into your SonicWall VPN appliance dashboard.
  2. Next, hover your mouse to the left upper corner, expand the Systems menu and click on Certificates.
  3. On the Server Certificates page, click the Generate CSR button.

Step 2. Fill in your information

On the next page, fill in all the fields with the required details. Make sure the information is up to date

  • Name: Assign an easy-to-remember name to your Certificate. To avoid confusion, you may enter your domain name
  • Organization: Type the legal name of your company. For example, GPI Holding LLC. If you have a Domain Validation certificate, simply enter NA
  • Unit/Department: Indicate the unit within your organization responsible for SSL management. For instance, IT. For Domain Validation certificates put in NA
  • City/Locale: Specify your city. For Business and Extended Validation certificates, specify the city where your company is legally located
  • State: Same as above. If you have a BV or EV certificate, you must enter your company’s state of origin
  • Country: This field requires the two-letter code of the country where your organization is registered
  • Domain Name (FQDN): Enter the Fully Qualified Name of the domain you want to secure. For example,
    Note: If you have a Wildcard certificate, please include an asterisk in front of the domain name, like this: * Make sure your domain points to the SonicWall SSL-VPN appliance’s public IP address.
  • Subject Alternative Name (optional): If you bought a Multi-Domain SSL certificate, insert the additional domains you want to protect
  • Email address: Provide a valid email address
  • Password: If you want, you can create a password for your private key. You will need the private key during the installation process
  • Key Length (bits): From the drop-down list, select This is the standard industry bit length. While SonicWALL supports key sizes up to 4096 bits, a higher value may negatively affect your certificate performance

Step 3. Get the CSR

Double-check all the fields you’ve just completed, and then click Submit.

SonicWall will create a .zip file with your CSR code and private key. Please, save this file on your desktop.

From the created .zip file, extract the two files: server.csr and server.key. Open the server.csr file with any text editor such as Notepad. Now, you can see the CSR code you’ve just generated.

You will need to copy the full text including the —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST—– and —–END CERTIFICATE REQUEST—– tags, and send it to the CA during your order process.

That’s it! Once the CA signs and sends your certificate files you can install your SSL on SonicWall.

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