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Obtain a Digital Certificate from an Online Certificate Authority (CA)

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How do I obtain a Digital Certificate from my Certificate Authority (CA)?

This article will describe the 2 most popular methods for obtaining a Digital Certificate from your online Certificate Authority (or CA). I will not elaborate on the reasons for doing so, and if you feel uncomfortable about these issues I suggest you take a look at the related articles at the bottom of this page.

As stated above, there are 2 easy methods for obtaining a Digital Certificate from your online CA.

Digital Certificates can be granted to users based upon their roles and group membership. For example, a regular user that wants to enroll for a certificate will only be allowed to enroll for a specific set of Digital Certificates, while another user that is a member of the Domain Admins group will be allowed to enroll for a different set of certificates that can be used for a variety of functions, including Recovery Agents, IPSec, SSL and so on.

User Digital Certificates are valid for different purposes, including:

  • Allowing data on disk to be encrypted
  • Protecting e-mail messages
  • Proving the user’s identity to a remote computer

Method #1 – By using a custom MMC

In this method a user will need to open a custom MMC and enroll by use of the MMC GUI.

In order to obtain a Digital Certificate by use of a custom MMC please perform the following steps:

  1. Go to the Start menu > Run > type MMC and press Enter.
  2. In the MMC window, go to the File

    menu and select Add/Remove Snap-In.

  3. In the Add/Remove Snap-In window press the Add button.
  4. Select Certificates from the available list of snap-ins and click Add.
  5. In the user attempting this action is a member of the Domain Admins or Administrative groups he or she will be presented with a Certificates Snap-In window, asking whether the certificate will be issued to the user account, the computer or a service running on the computer. We will choose My User Account. Click Finish.
  6. Expand Certificates – Current User > Personal.

Note: There may be a Certificate folder under the Personal folder. Ignore it for now.

  1. Right-click the Personal folder and select All Tasks > Request New Certificate.
    In the Certificate Request wizard click Next.
  1. In the Certificates Type select User.

Note: Depending on the groups your user account belongs to, you might also see other certificate types. Ignore them for now.

  1. In the Friendly name type a name for the certificate, for example “Daniel’s User Certificate” or similar.

Lamer note: Use your own name… duh…

  1. In the final page of the wizard click Finish. If all went well (and there is no reason why it won’t) you’ll get a confirmation message. Acknowledge it.

You now have a new Digital Certificate. You can view it by going to the Certificates – Current User > Personal > Certificates folder within the current MMC window. Double-click on the new certificate and inspect the information found in it.

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