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TsooRad is a blog for John Weber. John was a Skype for Business MVP (2015-2018) - before that, a Lync Server MVP (2010-2014). My day job is titled "Technical Lead, MS UC" - I work with an awesome group of people at CDW, LLC. I focus on collaboration and infrastructure. This means Exchange of all flavors, Skype, LCS/OCS/Lync, Windows, business process, and learning new stuff. I have a variety of interests - some of which may rear their ugly head in this forum. I have a variety of certifications dating back to Novell CNE and working up through the Microsoft MCP stack to MCITP multiple times. FWIW, I am on my third career - ex-USMC, retired US Army. I have a fancy MBA. One of these days, I intend to start teaching. The opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone.


CA woes

My new project is kicking off, and my first task is to build my lab.

As the new project involves LCS 2005, I need to be able to issue PKI, so I installed my CA  - but I did it as an Enterprise CA on a ws03 Std server.

Because LCS 2005 is such a bear on certs, my first round of testing on the CA involved getting some test certs with SAN entries that included exportable private keys.  Just to make sure I can do it and have it be right the first time through.

This forced me to relearn certutil.exe and certreq.exe.

I also relearned certreq.inf files....very handy - I cannot believe I ever stopped using that method.  Well, I know why: OCS 2007 has a cert wizard that works really well.

At any rate it seems that there is no way to get an Enterprise CA running on ws03/08 standard edition server to give you private keys.  The issue is converting/duplicating the existing webserver template which makes the new template a v2 template - and to use that new template requires enterprise server edition.  arrrgh.

No amount of tweaking the inf file allowed me to get a private key with the cert - the private key simply is not included with the issued certificate.

My search for a solution will continue, as I need this to work.  My short term solution was to fall back to a Standalone CA, which allows the private keys very easily.  arrgh.  I wanted an Enterprise CA.

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