How to find User guide to generate a Certificate Signing Request for Cisco ACS 3.2 ?

To generate a CSR, you will need to create a key pair for your server. The CSR and Key Pair files can't 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. You will have to request a new SSL Certificate and may be charged.

We recommend that you contact the ACS vendor for additional information.

Generate a Key Pair and Certificate Signing Request

1. In the navigation bar, click System Configuration.

2. Click ACS Certificate Setup.

3. Click Generate Certificate Signing Request. CiscoSecure ACS displays the Generate new request table on the Generate Certificate Signing Request page. Fill out all of the requested fields.

4. In the Certificate subject box, type the values required by the CA you will submit the CSR to. Cisco Secure ACS requires that one of the values be CN, such as CN=acs01primary. You can specify multiple values. To do so, separate the values with commas. For example:


CN=www.ssl247.co.uk, O=SSL247, C=GB, S=LONDON, L=LONDON.

Common Name – Must match the URL you plan to secure exactly – is usually your fully-qualified domain name, e.g., devel.ssl247.co.uk or mail.devel.ssl247.co.uk). Remember the www. Is important – include it if you want to secure https://www.yoursite.com & exclude it if you want to secure https://yoursite.com
Organisation - The legal (officially registered) name of your organization/company include Inc., LLP., Pvt, Plc. Ltd. SARL., etc
Organisational unit - The name of your department within the organization (this is often "IT," "Web," or is just left blank).
City/locality - The city or town in which your organization is located.
State/province - The state in which your organization is located.
Country - Click here for the official list of ISO country codes for this field.

Please do not enter your email address, challenge password or an optional company name when generating the CSR.

5. In the Private key file box, type the full directory path and name of the file in which the private key is saved, for example, c:\privateKeyFile.pem.

6. In the Private key password box, type the private key password that you have would like to use. SSL247 does not have access to this password and cannot recover it.

7. In the Retype private key password box, retype the private key password.

8. In the Key length list, choose 2048 bits.

9. From the Digest to sign with list, select SHA1.

10. Click Submit. CiscoSecure ACS displays a CSR in the display area, on the right, under a banner that reads: Now your certificate signing request is ready. You can copy and paste it into any certification authority enrollment tool. You have just created a key pair and a CSR.

11. To copy and paste the information into the enrollment form, open the file in a text editor that does not add extra characters (Notepad or Vi are recommended).

12. Go to Enrollment. When enrolling for the SSL Certificate you will be asked to choose a server vendor, choose Apache. This will allow a certificate that is compatible with the Cisco ACS.