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To manually publish the certificate revocation list

  1. Log on to the system as an Administrator.
  2. Open Certification Authority.
  3. In the console tree, click on Revoked Certificates.

    • Certification Authority (computer)
    • CA name
    • Revoked Certificates
  4. On the Action menu, point to All Tasks, and click Publish.
  5. Click Yes to overwrite the previously published certificate revocation list (CRL).


  • To open Certification Authority, click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Certification Authority.
  • Clients that have a cached copy of the previously published CRL will continue using it until its validity period has expired even though a new CRL has been published. Manually publishing a CRL does not affect cached copies of CRLs that are still valid; it only makes a new CRL available for systems that do not have a valid CRL.

    See Related Topics for the procedure clients can use to get the most recent CRL published by the certification authority (CA) even if they still have a valid CRL cached.

  • On the server on which the CA is installed, the CRL is published in:


    If Active Directory is available, the CRL is also published to Active Directory.

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