Understanding the Public Key Infrastructure in Windows Server 2003

A PKI deployment involves several basic components. A solid understanding of how these components work is essential to setting up good, basic network security. You can think of the PKI as a collection of resources that work together to provide a secure messaging authentication system. The major components of a PKI are as follows:

  • Certificate Services

  • Digital certificates

  • Policies to manage the certificates

  • Microsoft CryptoAPI and cryptographic service providers (CSPs)

  • Certificate stores for storing certificates

Encryption and Keys

Basic security starts with encryption, which is the process of scrambling data before sending it over a medium. A key is input into a mathematical function, ...

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