Issuing and Downloading a Certificate

To issue (that is, authorize) a certificate in Certificate Server, follow these steps:

1.       Open the Certificate Authority (CA) Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Certificate Authority.

2.       Expand Certificate Authority.

3.       Click the Pending Requests folder. Your pending certificate requests appear in the right pane.

4.       Right-click the pending certificate request (submitted in the third procedure described in this article), select All Tasks, and then click Issue.

After you select Issue, the certificate is no longer displayed in this window and folder. It now resides in the Issued Certificate folder.

For more information on configuring certificate issuing policies, see Appendix A.

5.       After you have issued (and authorized) the certificate, you can return to the Certificate Servers Web interface to select and download the certificate. To do this, follow these steps:

a.       Go to http:// YourWebServerName /CertSrv/.

b.       On the default page, select Check on a pending certificate, and then click Next.

c.       Select your pending certificate, then click Next to go to the download page.

d.       On the download page, click the top hyperlink, Download CA Certificate (do not click Download CA Certificate path).

e.       When prompted, select Save this file to disk and save the certificate to your desktop or another location that you will remember.

You have issued and downloaded your certificate.

The next step is installing the certificate and setting up an SSL-encrypted Web site.