Uploading your CSR File to the Apple Provisioning Portal

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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…