How to Generate a CSR on VMWare Horizon View

In this tutorial, we will show you how to generate a CSR on VMWare Horizon View.

To generate a CSR code on the VMWare Horizon view, we’ll be using tools already installed on your Windows Server, specifically the Microsoft Management Certificates (MMC) snap-in.

Please, follow the steps below to create your CSR code via MMC.

  1. On your Windows desktop click Start, and in the search box type mmc
  2. Click the mmc.exe icon
  3. Go to File > Add/Remove Snap-in, and then click on Certificates > Add > OK
  4. Now, select Computer account and click Next
  5. Make sure the Local Computer is selected then hit Finish and OK
  6. Next, under Local Computer expand the Certificates tree
  7. Right-click Personal, then click the following sequences: Select All Tasks > Advanced Operations > Create Custom Request
  8. In the Certificate Enrollment window click Next
  9. Select the option Proceed without enrolment policy and hit Next
  10. In the Custom Request window, from the drop-down list select (No Template) Legacy Key
  11. Select the PKCS#10 (Certification Request Standard) and click Next
  12. In the Certificate Information window, click on the arrow next to Details and select Properties
  13. In the General tab, in the Friendly name field, enter vdm
  14. Go to the Subject tab and provide the required details as shown below. Note: You need to click on Add after submitting the details for each type.
    • Common Name: type the FQDN (fully-qualified domain name) you want to secure with an SSL Certificate. For example,
    • Country: enter the two-letter code of your country. For instance, US.
    • Locality: name the city where your company is officially registered. For example, Seattle
    • Organization: write the full, legal name of your company. For instance, GPI Holding LLC
    • Organizational unit: name the department in charge of your SSL Certificate. Generally, it’s IT or Web Administration
    • State: enter the state where your company is located. For example, Washington.
  15. Double-check the info you’ve just added then click OK
  16. Switch to the Private Key tab and click Key Options > Key Size and choose 2048 bits
  17. Now, click on Key Options and select the option Make Private Key Exportable. Click OK then Next
  18. Save the certreq.req file on your desktop.

That’s it! Your CSR is ready. Open the certreq.req file with any text editor of your choice, such as Notepad. During your SSL order, copy-paste your CSR code, including the BEGIN AND END tags, into the corresponding field.

After your CA validates the CSR and issues the SSL certificate, you can proceed to the VMWare Horizon View SSL installation instructions.

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