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  • Blog Post: Best Practice for Configuring Certificate Template Cryptography

    Starting with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, the option to utilize Key Storage Providers (KSPs) in addition to Cryptographic Service Providers (CSPs) was added. These options are available when you create a Certificate Template and configure the settings in the Cryptography tab. Depending on...
  • Blog Post: Request File Can’t be Located during CA Certificate Renewal

    During my work with a customer renewing their Issuing CA’s certificate based on the steps documented in this article , I discovered that the Request file generated couldn’t be located in the default location of %systemDrive% . The Issuing CA didn’t log any errors in the Event Log, nor...
  • Blog Post: Group Protected PFX

    A new feature is available in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 that allows you to protect exported PFX files (those in PKCS#12) to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) accounts. The feature is available only if you have a Windows Server 2012 domain controller deployed in your network. The TechNet...
  • Blog Post: AD CS Content Updates

    The following documentation updates have been recently made: AD CS: Deploying Cross-forest Certificate Enrollment - updated with a link to the download center version of the document Additional documents added to the "future" consolidated download center page for Active DIirectory Certificate...