Backing up ADCS Certificate Authorities (Part 1 of 2)

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One of the areas I have spoken about extensively at conferences and cover in our training classes is the unique issues associated with backing up and managing your ADCS Certificate Authority. There are several items I would like to address in this two-part series: CA Database and log file structure Unique issues with VM Snapshots with…

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Offline CA Maintenance – What Do You Really Need to Do?

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In a previous post, I discussed the configuration and isolation of true offline Certificate Authorities. There I made reference to the fact that an offline CA is one that never sees the light of day, figuratively that is. The CA should be air-gaped from the network, which requires physical access to the CA to manage and…

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Offline Certificate Authority – What Exactly Does that Mean?

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This post started as recommended maintenance and updates for offline CAs, and it became clear I should make this a two part post. So today I am covering what an Offline CA really means, and tomorrow I will cover recommendations for maintaining one of them. First, we must cover what I mean by Offline CA…

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