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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Go to Certificate Authority under Administrative Tools. Microsoft's certificate manager is pretty bare bones. You can look at certificates, but finding them when you have hundreds or thousands is difficult, but we'll soldier on. Luckily we won't spend a lot of time in the MMC.

To find your current certificate request, go to Pending Certificates. Locate the request. You can review the data submitted (not shown due to format constraints) by scrolling side to side and if you right click, you can issue the certificate or deny the request. Click issue.

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