Client Licensor Certificates

Updated: June 1, 2008

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

A client licensor certificate grants an author permission to publish rights-protected content without being connected to the corporate network.

To obtain a client licensor certificate, an author initiates a client enrollment request to the root cluster or to a licensing-only cluster from a client computer. The server then returns a client licensor certificate for that computer.

A client licensor certificate contains the client licensor public key, along with the client licensor private key that is encrypted by the public key of the author who requested the certificate. It also contains the public key of the cluster that issued the certificate, which is signed by the private key of the cluster that issued the certificate. The client licensor private key is used to sign publishing licenses that the author creates.