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Microsoft® SharePoint™ 2003 Unleashed, Second Edition by Michael Noel, Colin Spence

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Examining Integration Points Between SharePoint and Public Key Infrastructure

The term public key infrastructure (PKI) is often loosely thrown around but is not often thoroughly explained. PKI, in a nutshell, is the collection of digital certificates, registration authorities, and Certificate Authorities that verify the validity of each participant in an encrypted network. Effectively, a PKI itself is simply a concept that defines the mechanisms that ensure that the user who is communicating with another user or computer on a network is who he says he is. PKI implementations are widespread and are becoming a critical component of modern network implementations.

PKI is a useful and often critical component of a SharePoint design. The PKI concepts ...

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