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Deploying a Stand-alone Root CA on Microsoft Server 2008

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Certificate services is a component on Microsoft Windows Server that is necessary for integrating when using a customer hosted Active Directory or RADIUS/802.1x server. Installing certificate services enables you to deploy a root certificate authority which can then be used to issue certificates that encrypt data such as authentication credentials. This guide takes you through how to deploy a Stand-alone root CA which is different than an Enterprise CA in that there is no ability to create templates or configure auto-enrollment. 

Configuration

The CA role can be installed from the Server Manager by clicking on 'Add Roles': Start > Administrative Tools > Server Manager > Roles

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The Add Roles Wizard will appear:

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Click Next > to bring up the server role selection.  Choose Active Directory Certificate Services, followed by clicking next.

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Select Certification Authority, and click Next.

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Specify a standalone CA (if the server is not joined to a domain you will only have the option for a standalone CA):

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Choose the CA name.  In this example 'Standalone_CA' was used.  Change this value to something that makes matches your environment's naming convention.

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Confirm the CA settings that were configured.  If all settings are correct click the 'Install' button.

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Your server should now be acting as a standalone CA.  Please reference this knowledge base article for Server 2003 configuration.

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