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To publish certificates to Active Directory

  1. Log on to the system as an 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 Configure.
  6. On the Certificate Publication tab, select the Allow certificates to be published in the Active Directory check box, and then click OK.
  7. Stop and restart the Certificate Services service.


  • To open Certification Authority, click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Certification Authority.
  • The server on which the CA is installed must be a member of the Certificate Publishers group in Active Directory to publish certificates in a domain. The server is automatically a member of the Certificate Publishers group for the domain of which it is a member.
  • Publishing certificates to Active Directory is the default setting for the CA if you have Active Directory available.
  • To stop and restart the Certificate Services service, see Related Topics.

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