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Windows Server® 2008 PKI and Certificate Security by Brian Komar

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Certification Authorities

A certification authority (CA) is an essential component of the Microsoft PKI solution. In a Windows Server 2008 network, a CA is a Windows Server 2008 computer with Certificate Services installed. It performs the following tasks:

  • Verifies the identity of a certificate requestor. The CA must validate the requestor’s identity before it can issue a certificate. Validation can range from ensuring that the requestor has the necessary permissions to ask for a specific type of certificate to having a certificate manager perform a face-to-face interview with the certificate requestor.

  • Issues certificates to requestors. After the requestor’s identity is validated, the CA issues the requested type of certificate to the user, computer, ...

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