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Updated: August 22, 2005

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

Certificates are a form of digital identification for your server, and for clients that are requesting information from your server. Their function is similar to that of a passport, or other official identity card, which identifies the person carrying it. Certificates are part of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) features of Internet Information Services (IIS) that establish a secure connection over which sensitive information can be sent.

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