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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Preinstallation

Before you can successfully and securely install the CA, you must understand some concepts and be able to answer some questions that you’ll be asked during the installation and setup process.

Understanding Certificate Authority Roles

In general, a CA can function in four separate roles. These roles determine what the CA’s certificates are used for, which in turn determines what your users and computers will be able to do.

Enterprise Root CA

A root CA is at the top of a certificate chain, as described in Chapter 20. An enterprise root CA, then, serves as the root CA for an entire enterprise—it occupies the topmost position in the certificate trust chain for all certificates issued by any component of the organization. The enterprise ...

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