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Certificate Service

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

Service Name: CertSvc

Executable Name: CERTSVC.EXE

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: Part of the core operating system that enables a business to act as if its own certificate authority (CA), and issue and manage digital certificates for applications such as Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), Encrypting File System (EFS), IP Security (IPSEC), and smartcard log on.

If this service is stopped or disabled, certificate requests will not be accepted and the Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs) and delta CRLs will not be published. If this service is paused or stopped long enough for CRLs to expire, validation of existing certificates will fail.

For more information about S/MIME and SSL, see "Certificate Services" in the Windows Server Distributed Services Guide.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition.

Installed through: Add/Remove Windows Components, Certificate Service

Startup type: Automatic

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components: None

The following system components depend on this service: None

IP Port Numbers used:

TCP: 1117

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