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Publish certificates to the file system

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To publish certificates to the file system

  1. Log on to the system as a Certification Authority Administrator.

  2. Open Certification Authority.

  3. In the console tree, click the name of the certification authority (CA).


    • Certification Authority (Computer)/CA name

  4. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  5. On the Exit Module tab, click Properties.

  6. On the Publication Settings tab, select the Allow certificates to be published to the file system check box, and then click OK.

  7. Stop and restart the Certification Authority service.


  • To open Certification Authority, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Certification Authority.

  • To stop and restart Certificate Services, see Related Topics.

  • To request a certificate and have it published to the file system, certificate requestors must include a certfile:true attribute in their request. After the certificate is issued, it is copied to FileName.cer, where FileName is the request ID of the certificate request.

    • The file is written in the CertEnroll share on the CA.

    • You cannot overwrite files using this method.

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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