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Certificate Services Technical Reference

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

In order to realize the enhanced security made possible by certificates, organizations need a cost-effective, efficient, secure way to manage the distribution and use of certificates. In the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system, you use Certificate Services to distribute certificates to users, computers, and services. Certificate Services enables you to configure certificates, establish and verify the identity of certificate holders, set policies that control how a certificate is to be used, revoke certificates if they should no longer be considered valid, and publish certificate revocation lists (CRLs) that help users verify a certificate’s status.

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