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Overview of the PKI Design Process (Best Practices for Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Public Key Infrastructure)

Updated: August 13, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1

Designing a PKI involves the following steps which may or may not be performed in this order:

  • Outline the business scenario

  • Define the application certificate requirements

  • Create certificate policies and practices statements

  • Design the certification authority (CA) infrastructure

  • Create a certificate renewal strategy

  • Develop a CA management plan

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