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FIX: Error message when you try to generate a certificate request in IIS 6: "An Input Field contains an invalid X500 characters"
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When you use the Web Server Certificate Wizard to generate a certificate request in Microsoft Internet Information Services 6, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
This problem does not occur on a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based computer.
An Input Field contains an invalid X500 characters.
This problem occurs if the Organization field in the certificate request contains an X500 character. For example, this problem occurs if the Organization field contains a comma (,).
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
When you use the Web Server Certificate Wizard to create a certificate request in Microsoft Internet Information Services 5, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
This error occurs when the Organization or Organizational Unit field in the certificate request contains an invalid character, such as a hyphen or comma. The most common cause of this problem is the use of a comma (,).
Failed to Generate the Certificate Request.
The string contains an invalid X500 name attribute key, oid, value or delimiter.
A successful certificate request can only contain the characters A through Z and 0 through 9 in the fields of the request. You can use a period (.) in the common name of the key request to specify a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN).
If you must use a comma (,) or a period (.) in the Organization Name field, you must enclose the Organization Name field in quotation marks. The quotation marks allow for X500 to enable the generation of the request. For example, you may use "Microsoft, Inc." in the Organization Name field.
Note This workaround is not required on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3)-based computers and on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4)-based computers. This workaround will cause certificate generation to fail on Windows 2000 SP3-based computers and on Windows 2000 SP4-based computers.