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Configuring the SMTP Exit Module

Updated: December 13, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1

The following information can be applied to Windows Server 2003 with SP1 Enterprise and Datacenter versions only.

A Windows Server 2003 certification authority (CA) has the capability to send SMTP (e-mail) messages to users, administrators, and Certificate Managers regarding various operations on the CA. This function is enabled through the default exit module of the CA and is configured in the registry. By default, no messages are enabled for the CA.

Sample Configuration Batch File

The following batch file can be used as a sample to configure the SMTP exit module capabilities of the CA without editing the registry directly. The SMTP exit module can use various values stored in the CA database. BodyArg is a list of database columns to be defined and later called by variable names such as %%1, %%2, and so on. Variables must be called in sequential order as they are defined. The following text can be used in a batch file to configure the SMTP exit module options on a CA:

ImportantImportant
Before using the batch file below, ensure that you replace:

  • <ExchangeServerNameOrIP> with the actual name or IP address of the Exchange Server you want to use.

  • <Account> with the administrative mailbox account you want to use.

  • <EmailAddress> with the administrative email address you want to use.

@echo off 
cd\ 
%systemdrive% 
:Setup_SMTP_Server // Section for setting the name of the exchange 
server to be used and type of authentication to be used. 1 means to use 
Basic authentication, 2 means to use NTLM authentication, 0 is for Anonymous authentication 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\SMTPServer "<ExchangeServerNameOrIP>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\SMTPAuthenticate 1 
:Setup_CA_For_Exit_Module // Section for turning events on or off. In 
this case, on. 
certutil -setsmtpinfo -p "<Account>" Administrator 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\eventfilter +EXITEVENT_CRLISSUED 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\eventfilter +EXITEVENT_CERTDENIED 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\eventfilter +EXITEVENT_CERTISSUED 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\eventfilter +EXITEVENT_CERTPENDING 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\eventfilter +EXITEVENT_CERTREVOKED 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\eventfilter +EXITEVENT_SHUTDOWN 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\eventfilter +EXITEVENT_STARTUP 
:CrlIssued // Section for setting CRLIssued parameters. 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\CRLissued\To "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\CRLissued\From "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\CRLissued\CC "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\CRLissued\bodyformat "A new CRL has been 
issued" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\CRLissued\titleformat "A new CRL was issued by %%1" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\CRLissued\BodyArg "" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\CRLissued\TitleArg +"SanitizedCAName" 
:Denied // Section for setting Denied parameters 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\From "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\CC "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\titleformat "Your certificate request 
was denied by %%1" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyArg "" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyFormat "" 
call Stop_Start_CA 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyArg +"Request.RequestID" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyArg +"Request.RequesterName" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyArg +"Request.SubmittedWhen" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyArg +"Request.DistinguishedName" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyArg +"Request.DispositionMessage" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyArg +"Request.StatusCode" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyFormat +"Your Request ID is: %%1" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyFormat +"The Requester Name is: %%2" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyFormat +"The Request Submission Date was: %%3" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyFormat +"Subject Name: %%4" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyFormat +"Request Disposition Message: %%5" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\BodyFormat +"Request StatusCode: %%6" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Denied\TitleArg +"SanitizedCAName" 
:Certificate_Issued // Section for setting Issued parameters. 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\From "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\CC "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\titleformat "Your certificate has been issued by %%1" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyArg +"RawCertificate" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat "" 
net stop certsvc 
call Stop_Start_CA 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Request ID: %%1" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"UPN: %%2" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Requester Name: %%3" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Serial Number: %%4" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Valid not before: %%5" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Valid not after: %%6" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Distinguished Name: %%7" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Certificate Template: %%8" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Certificate Hash: %%9" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Request Disposition Message: %%10" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Copy and paste the 
following in Notepad, save and install" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Issued\BodyFormat +"Binary Certificate: %%11" 
:Certificate_Pending // Section for setting Pending parameters. 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\From "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\CC "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\titleformat "Your certificate is pending on %%1" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\BodyFormat "" 
call Stop_Start_CA 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\BodyFormat +"Request ID: %%1" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\BodyFormat +"UPN: %%2" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\BodyFormat +"Requester Name: %%3" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\BodyFormat +"Time submitted: %%4" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\BodyFormat +"Distinguished Name: %%5" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\BodyFormat +"Certificate Template used: %%6" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Pending\BodyFormat +"Request Disposition Message: %%7" 
:Certificate_Revoked // Section for setting Revoked parameters. 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\From "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\CC "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\titleformat "Your certificate was revoked by %%1" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat "" 
call Stop_Start_CA 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Request ID: %%1" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Revoked when: %%2" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Effective: %%3" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Reason for being revoked: %%4" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"UPN: %%5" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Requester Name: %%6" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Serial Number: %%7" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Was not valid until: %%8" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Was not valid after: %%9" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Distinguished Name: %%10" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Certificate Template: %%11" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Certificate Hash: %%12" 
Certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Revoked\BodyFormat +"Request Status: %%13" 
:Certificate_Authority_Shutdown // Section for setting Shutdown parameters. 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Shutdown\To "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Shutdown\From "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Shutdown\CC "<EmailAddress>" 
:Certificate_Authority_Startup // Section for setting Startup parameters. 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Startup\To "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Startup\From "<EmailAddress>" 
certutil -setreg exit\smtp\Startup\CC "<EmailAddress>" 
:Stop_Start_CA // This is just a sub-routine for stopping and starting the CA. 
net stop certsvc & net start certsvc 
:Exit 
echo Certificate Services SMTP Exit module has now been configured. 
echo . 
pause 
exit 

Revocation Status

The SMTP exit module allows for e-mail notification when a certificate has been revoked. However, one of the database columns, Request.RevokedReason, can only be used to return a revocation value to the user in the e-mail body, instead of the string. For example, "Key Compromise" would be displayed as a value of 1. The revocation values and their corresponding definitions as defined in RFC 2459 are as follows:

0 = Unspecified

1 = Key Compromise

2 = CA Compromise

3 = Change of Affiliation

4 = Superseded

5 = Cease of Operation

6 = Certificate Hold

It may be necessary to list the values in the body of the e-mail message to easily interpret the revocation reason.

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