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  • Blog Post: Automated CA installs using VB script on Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2 [UPDATED]

    Starting with Windows Server 2008 the CA product team introduced a set of COM objects that can be used to control the installation of CAs. Using VBScript you can quickly automate the setup and installation of a CA.Below is a script that is being used by the product team in our testing of Certificate...
  • Blog Post: How to set up a CA with a CNG (ECC) certificate

    One of the improvements of the Windows Server 2008 Certification authority is the support for Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) with Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) . I have described the CNG capabilities in my Certificate Server Enhancements in Windows Server codename "Longhorn" whitepaper...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell script for Setting up a CA on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Microsoft MVP, Vadims Podans , has written and posted a Windows PowerShell script that can be used to setup a certification authority (CA). He posted his Windows PowerShell Script on the TechNet Script Repository as Setup Certification Authority with PowerShell posted at
  • Blog Post: Using VBScript to install CA on WS2008R2 server core

    In my previous post I provided a script used for setup and installation of a CA using VBScript. The same script is capable of installing a CA on server core, where there is no UI available for installing. With the script and a few possible additional steps it's pretty easy to install a CA on server core...