How can I install the Certificate Authority (CA) service in Windows Server 2003?
Windows Server 2003 can be used as a Certificate Authority (also known as CA) to provide extended security by offering support for Digital Certificates.
Digital Certificates can be granted to users based upon their roles and group membership. For example, a regular user that wants to enroll for a certificate will only be allowed to enroll for a specific set of Digital Certificates, while another user that is a member of the Domain Admins group will be allowed to enroll for a different set of certificates that can be used for a variety of functions, including Recovery Agents, IPSec, SSL and so on.
User Digital Certificates are valid for different purposes, including:
Note: There may be scenarios where a company might opt to use 3rd party issued Digital Certificates instead of creating their own, especially when that company’s users will be dealing with out-of-the-company users, exchanging encrypted e-mail messages between themselves and these outside users, or when using SSL on a secured web site. This is because the outside users might not be willing to trust the company’s internal CA.
In order to install the CA you will first need to install IIS on a Windows Server 2003 computer. On Windows Server 2003 IIS is not installed with the default Windows 2003 installation.
To install the CA service perform the following steps:
After installing and configuring the CA on your domain you will now need to ask your users (at least those who will require message security) to enroll for a Digital Certificate.
In order to obtain a Digital Certificate from the CA please follow the steps outlined in the Obtain a Digital Certificate from an Online Certificate Authority (CA) article.
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