How To Set Up A Certificate Authority In 10 Minutes

, March 28, 2012 Having a company owned certificate authority makes managing your network devices simpler and more secure. There is nothing inherently wrong with self-signed certs, but you can do better. You can build a CA issue your first certificate in about 10 minutes. Here is how to do it.
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Enter a name of the CA. This will be used to identify the CA to others, so pick a meaningful name. Also, pick a reasonable validity period and remember to mark when it will expire because you will need to renew it prior to that.

Just take the defaults for the rest of the steps. When you finish, Windows will install certificate services, the MMC console, and configure IIS (make sure it is already installed). If you haven't installed Active Server Pages, it will ask to install and enable them. Say yes. You now have a shiny new CA.


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