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- Self-Signed SSL Certificates
April 27, 2005, 2:20 pm
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I need to set up a development version of a secure website on Microsoft
Windows 2003, so I am trying to figure out how to create my own SSL
I feel that I understand how certificates work, but I am completely
baffled by the tools Microsoft provides to manage certificates. Can
anyone point me to documentation on the Windows 2003 certification
authority and/or other certification management tools? I am looking for
answers to these specific questions:
1) How do I manage the self-signed (root) certificate used by the
certification authority? I cannot seem to edit its name or its
expiration date, and I can't export its private key. Nor can I replace
it with another certificate.
2) How do I control the expiration date for the certificates signed by
the certification authority? All certificates are valid for one year,
and I seem to have no control over that.
3) The tree structure and common sense implies that I should be able to
install more "certification authorities" under the root "certification
authority" node. How do I do that?
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