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TsooRad is a blog for John Weber. John is 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’ve been at this gig in one fashion or another since 1988 - starting with desktops (remember Z-248’s?) and now I am in Portland, Oregon. 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.

2009/01/22

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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