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Public Key Group Policy

Public Key settings are a subset of Group Policy You can configure Public Key Group Policy to specify automatic enrollment for computer certificates, trusted root certificates, CTLs for computers and users, and EFS recovery agents and apply the Group Policy to sites, domains, or organizational units.

The Group Policy console is an MMC snap-in. You can use MMC to manage Public Key Group Policy for multiple sites, domains, and organizational units. You can configure Public Key Group Policy separately for users and for computers. You can use the Group Policy console to configure the following Public Key Group Policy settings for computers:

  • Specify the certificates in Trusted Root Certification Authorities stores.

  • Create CTLs to trust CAs and restrict the uses of certificates issued by the CAs.

  • Specify automatic enrollment and renewal for computer certificates.

  • Specify alternative Encrypted Data Recovery Agents for EFS.

Public Key Group Policy settings apply for computers within the scope of the Group Policy. For example, you can create an organizational unit and configure Public Key settings that apply only to the computers in that organizational unit.

You also can use the Group Policy console to configure CTLs that apply only to users within the scope of the Group Policy. For example, you can create an organizational unit and configure CTLs that apply only to the users in that organizational unit. For more information about Group Policy, see "Group Policy" in this book and Group Policy Reference.

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