Building out a PKI environment

Windows Active Directory domains are a great way to authenticate users and computers. Using a central store of accounts and passwords, requests can be easily authenticated, and accounts can be quickly added, updated, or removed as needed. While this is a great method for authentication within the domain, it does not work as well outside of the domain. Situations, where the domain controller may not be accessible, where the authority of the domain controller is in question, or when accessing resources outside of a domain, call for alternative authentication methods.

Certificates allow for creation of an authentication infrastructure by using a series of trusts. Instead of joining a domain, and thereby trusting the ...

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