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Generating a request code is the first step in the process of manually activating your Autodesk software. Note: Request codes and manual activation are required only for perpetual license software. You need a valid serial number and product key to generate a request code for your perpetual license software.

To Create a CSR with keytool and Generate a SignedCertificate for the Certificate Signing Request

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  1. Perform the following operations from the command line.


  2. Generate the Certificate Signing Request.


  3. Generate a signed certificate for the associated Certificate SigningRequest.


  4. Use the keytool to import the CA certificate into the client keystore.


  5. Use the keytool to import the signed certificate for the associatedclient alias in the keystore.


    Caution –

    The following error will be generated if there is no certificatechain in the client certificate.


    This error is because the CA’s certificate was not imported intothe KeyStore first. You must import theCA's certificate (step 4), then import the client.cer file itself to forma certificate chain (step 5).

    Now that we have a private key and an associating certificate chainin the KeyStore clientkeystore, we canuse it as a KeyStore for client (adapter)authentication. The only warning is that the CA certificate must be importedinto the trusted certificate store of the web server to which you will beconnecting. Moreover, the web server must be configured for client authentication(httpd.conf for Apache, for example).

If you want to convert your website from HTTP to HTTPS, you need to get a SSL certificate from a valid organization like Verisign or Thawte. You can also generate self signed SSL certificate for testing purpose.

In this article, let us review how to generate private key file (server.key), certificate signing request file (server.csr) and webserver certificate file (server.crt) that can be used on Apache server with mod_ssl.

Key, CSR and CRT File Naming Convention

I typically like to name the files with the domain name of the HTTPS URL that will be using this certificate. This makes it easier to identify and maintain.

  • Instead of server.key, I use www.thegeekstuff.com.key
  • Instead of server.csr, I use www.thegeekstuff.com.csr
  • Instead of server.crt, I use www.thegeekstuff.com.crt

1. Generate Private Key on the Server Running Apache + mod_ssl

First, generate a private key on the Linux server that runs Apache webserver using openssl command as shown below.

The generated private key looks like the following.

2. Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)

Using the key generate above, you should generate a certificate request file (csr) using openssl as shown below.

3. Generate a Self-Signed SSL Certificate

For testing purpose, you can generate a self-signed SSL certificate that is valid for 1 year using openssl command as shown below.


You can use this method to generate Apache SSL Key, CSR and CRT file in most of the Linux, Unix systems including Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, Fedora and Red Hat.

4. Get a Valid Trial SSL Certificate (Optional)

Instead of signing it youself, you can also generate a valid trial SSL certificate from thawte. i.e Before spending the money on purchasing a certificate, you can also get a valid fully functional 21 day trial SSL certificates from Thawte. Once this valid certificate works, you can either decide to purchase it from Thawte or any other SSL signing organization.

This step is optional and not really required. For testing purpose, you can always use the self-signed certificate that was generated from the above step.

Go to Thwate trial certificate request page and do the following:

  • Select “SSL Web Server Certificate (All servers)” under the “select your trial certificate”.
  • Do not check the PKCS #7 check-box under the “configure certificate”
  • Copy/Paste the *.csr file that you generate above in the textbox under “certificate signing request (CSR)”
  • Click on next at the bottom, which will give you a 21-day free trial certificate.


Copy/Paste the trial certificate to the www.thegeekstuff.com.crt file as shown below.

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