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Display certificate stores in Logical Store mode

Updated: February 28, 2011

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

To display certificate stores in Logical Store mode

  1. Open the Certificates console for the user, computer, or service you want to manage.

    For instructions on creating a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) that allows you to manage the certificates of a user account, computer account, or service account, see the appropriate article from the following list

    1. Manage certificates for your user account

    2. Manage certificates for a computer

    3. Manage certificates for a service

  2. With the Certificates <console type>, where <console type> is Current User, Computer, or Service, selected in the console pane, click the View menu, and then click Options.

  3. Under Organize view mode by, click Logical Certificate Stores.

  • When you look at the contents of a certificate store in Logical Store mode, you will occasionally see what appears to be two copies of the same certificate in the store. This occurs because the same certificate is stored in separate physical stores under a logical store. When the contents of the physical certificates stores are combined into one logical store view, both instances of the same certificate are displayed.

    You can verify this by setting the view option to show the physical certificate stores and then noting that the certificate is stored in separate physical stores under the same logical store. You can verify that it is the same certificate by comparing the serial numbers.

    For information on the different view options, see Certificates Console (

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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