Creating an Ubuntu CSR for Go Daddy

I had to get a SSL certificate for a web site of mine yesterday. I decided to get another SSL certificate from GoDaddy. Here are my notes for getting the certificate.

I went ahead and created a folder to make all of my work in so that I could zip it up later or have the Rsync server grab it and save it in the main infrastructure.

mkdir /root/certificate_godaddy

This will generate the randomized string create the csr.
openssl genrsa -out domain_name.key 1024

This will create the CSR for GoDaddy which will you will need to copy and paste into their site. If you are going to be requesting a Wild Card SSL make sure that the NAME is *
openssl req -new -key domain_name.key -out domain_name.csr

Now log into the GoDaddy site and paste the contents from the above CSR into their site. When you get the email back I suggest putting the 2 files they give you in the same location as you created the above. You will most likely have the following files.

With those files you will need to setup the SSL virtual host like the below:
<VirtualHost *:443>
        DocumentRoot "/home/user/vhosts/site_down"
        DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
        ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/secure_domain_name_error.log
        <IfModule mod_ssl.c>
                SSLEngine On
                SSLCertificateFile "/home/user/csr/"
                SSLCertificateKeyFile "/home/user/csr/"
                SSLCertificateChainFile "/home/user/csr/gd_bundle.crt"
        .. The rest of your config file

From here you should have no problems with the GoDaddy certificate. Hope this helps everyone.


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