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Windows Server certificate Management


This guide takes explains the administrative process of obtaining and managing certificates in the Windows® 2000 operating system, using the Certificates Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.

Requirements and Prerequisites

This guide assumes the following environment:

  • You are using Windows 2000 Server in a Windows 2000-based domain.
  • You are a domain administrator or the administrator of the local computer.
  • You have a Windows 2000 Certification Authority running enterprise policy in the network.

This step-by-step guide assumes that you have run the procedures in Step-by-Step to a Common Infrastructure for Windows 2000 Server Deployment

The common infrastructure documents specify a particular hardware and software configuration. If you are not using the common infrastructure, you need to make the appropriate changes to this document. The most current information about hardware requirements and compatibility for servers, clients, and peripherals is available at the Windows 2000 Product Compatibility Search site .

This guide assumes you have already completed:

  • Step by Step Guide to Setting up a Certificate Authority
  • Step by Step Guide to Certificate Services Web Pages

If you are unfamiliar with MMC snap-ins, we recommend you also run

Managing User Certificates

This section explains how to use the Certificates MMC snap-in to manage certificates.

To start the Certificates MMC snap-in

  1. From the Start menu, click Run. Type mmc in the text box and click OK. An MMC snap-in Console window launches.
  2. On the Console menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.
  3. Click Add to add a snap-in to the current console.
  4. Select Certificates in the Snap-in list, click Add, and click Close.
  5. Click OK to close the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box. The Certificates directory is now added to the MMC console.

    Note: If you are on a domain controller, when you select Certificates, a dialog box appears asking you whether you would like to manage certificates for My user account, Service account, or Computer account. For this scenario, select My user account, click Finish, and continue.

  6. On the Console menu, click Save as, and type Certificates as the file name of this console. Click Save. To access the Certificates console in the future, click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Certificates.
Obtaining a Certificate from a Certification Authority on Your Windows 2000 Domain

To obtain a certificate, the certification authority must be installed as either a root or subordinate enterprise Certificate Authority (CA).

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