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

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CAs Linked into a Hierarchy

Your network design may call for connecting several CAs so that you have separate root and subordinate CAs. Splitting up CAs like this is considered good security by most experts because it allows you to have a root CA that issues certificates only to subordinate CAs, so it can be better protected than the subordinate CA servers. To accomplish this with Certificate Services, first install and configure a root CA as described earlier in this chapter. In particular, you must indicate that you want the newly installed CA to be an enterprise root or a stand-alone root server.

After you install and configure the root CA, your next task is to install and configure each subordinate CA. The installation process is largely ...

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