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Windows Server® 2012 Unleashed by Chris Amaris, Andrew Abbate, Omar Droubi, Guy Yardeni, Michael Noel, Rand Morimoto

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Installing AD CS

To install AD CS on Windows Server 2012, determine which server will serve as the root CA, keeping in mind that it is highly recommended that this be a dedicated server and also recommended that it be physically secured and shut off for most of the time to ensure integrity of the certificate chain. It is important to note that an enterprise CA cannot be shut down; however, a standalone root with a subordinate enterprise CA can be shut down. If the strategy of having a standalone root with a subordinate enterprise CA is taken, the root CA must first be created and configured, and then an enterprise subordinate CA must then be created.

In smaller scenarios, an enterprise root CA can be provisioned, though in many cases, those smaller ...

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