Certificates

Updated: February 16, 2012

Applies To: Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0, Windows Server 2012

The following table describes the columns in the list view.

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Certificates are grouped in the console by the type of certificate and its intended purpose. Possible certificate type values are as follows: Token-Signing, Token-Decrypting, and Service Communications.

 

Column name Description

Subject

Specifies the subject of the X.509 certificate. The Subject field of a certificate can contain a number of details that identify the subject being identified for authentication. Most often it is the common name (CN) part of this field that must match the name of the host computer or user being authenticated.

Issuer

Specifies the issuer of the X.509 certificate. Like the Subject field, the Issuer field of a certificate can contain a number of signature details. In the case of a self-issued certificate, the issuer and subject fields are the same.

Effective Date

The date when the certificate takes effect and begins to be valid for use.

Expiration Date

The date when the certificate expires and is no longer valid for use.

Primary

For encryption certificates, indicates whether the certificate is published in metadata. For signing certificates, indicates whether the certificate is currently used for signing tokens.

The following table indicates what the available actions are for this node.

 

Action Description

Add Token-Signing Certificate

Enables you to browse and locate a certificate file to be added to the list of certificates that are available for token signing. For more information, see Related Topics.

Add Token-Decrypting Certificate

Enables you to browse and locate a certificate file to be added to the list of those that are available for token decrypting. For more information, see Related Topics.

Set Service Communications Certificate

Enables you to browse and locate a certificate file to be used in signing service communications. For more information, see Related Topics.

Set Primary

Sets the selected certificate as the primary certificate.

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