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Retrieve a certification authority certificate from a Windows Server 2003 CA

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To retrieve a certification authority certificate from a Windows Server 2003 CA

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

  2. In Internet Explorer, connect to http://servername/certsrv, where servername is the name of the Web server running Windows Server 2003 where the certification authority (CA) you want to access is located.

  3. Click Download a CA certificate, certificate chain, or CRL.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you want to trust all the certificates issued by this certification authority (CA), click Install this CA certificate chain.

    • If the certification authority has been renewed, you will have the choice of which version of the CA certificate you want to download.

  5. Select the encoding method you want for the CRL: DER or Base 64.

  6. Under CA Certificate, click the CA certificate you want to download, and then click Download CA certificate or click Download CA certificate chain.

  7. In File Download, click Open this file from its current location, and then click OK.

  8. When the Certificate dialog box appears, click Install this certificate.

  9. In the Certificate Import wizard, click Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate.

  10. If you are finished using the Certificate Services Web pages, close Internet Explorer.


  • To open Internet Explorer, click Start, point to All programs, and then click Internet Explorer.

  • Choosing Install this CA certification path is useful when you want to establish trust in a subordinate CA, but you do not currently have the certificate of the root CA of the certification hierarchy in your certificate store.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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