Okay, I apologize to Apple, but since this blog series is helping them, I’m sure they won’t mind if I just cut and paste this page of their website about how to create a CSR file to upload to the provisioning portal. It’s easier than trying to summarize it, especially since I don’t really understand what I’m summarizing. Oh, and of course, like everybody and everything at Apple, these instructions assume you have a Mac. As if this thing called the “PC” had never been invented (and didn’t dominate the market). I’ll cover how to do it on your PC tomorrow…
How to create a Distribution certificate:
- Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) with a public key
- In your Applications folder, open the Utilities folder and launch Keychain Access.
- Choose Keychain Access > Certificate Assistant > Request a Certificate from a Certificate Authority.
- In the Certificate Information window, enter or select the following information:
- In the User Email Address field, enter your email address
- In the Common Name field, enter your name
- In the Request is group, select the Saved to disk option
- Click Continue
- The Certificate Assistant saves a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) file to your Desktop.
- The public/private key pair will be generated when you create the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) if you use the Key Chain Assistant to create the CSR.
- Submit the CSR through the Provisioning Portal to the Admin for approval.
- Click the Distribution tab
- Upload the certificate by choosing the file
- Click Submit
- You will be notified by email when your CSR has been approved or rejected.
Once you submit your CSR you receive a Status of “Pending Issuance” on your “Current Distribution Certificate” screen in your Provisioning Portal. Looks like it’s time to wait on Apple again…