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Blog August 3, 2020 PKI, PowerShell, PSPKI

PowerShell PKI Module (PSPKI) v3.7

by Vadims Podāns

Hello everyone, I’m excited to announce a public availability of PowerShell PKI module v3.7. New version is a big work around various aspects such as Microsoft Online Responder management, security descriptors. Here is a summary of what we’ve done.

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PowerShell Module


We have added syntax compatibility with PowerShell 6.x and newer PowerShell versions.

New commands

With this version, we start remote Microsoft Online Responder (implementation of OCSP server) management support in PowerShell. We have added a set of new commands to manage Online Responder:

Renamed commands

To follow PowerShell command naming convention, the following commands were renamed:

Old name New name
Get-CASecurityDescriptor Get-CertificationAuthorityAcl
Add-CAAccessControlEntry Add-CertificationAuthorityAcl
Remove-CAAccessControlEntry Remove-CertificationAuthorityAcl
Set-CASecurityDescriptor Set-CertificationAuthorityAcl
Get-CASchema Get-CertificationAuthorityDbSchema

You still can access these commands via old names (they are aliases), but they will be removed in next PSPKI version.

Changes in existing commands

We have re-styled and unified syntax for Access Control List (ACL) management commands. Since now, all ACL-related commands implement standard .NET security descriptor classes (CommonObjectSecurity). A full list of changes in existing cmdlets are shown in the table:

Command name Changes


  • Changed types for -InputObject, -AccessMask parameters and return value
  • Renamed -User parameter to -Identity


Changed type for return value


  • Changed type for -InputObject and return value
  • Renamed -User parameter to -Identity
  • Added -Force switch


  • Changed type for -InputObject and return value
  • Added -Enterprise and -Standalone switch parameters-InputObject

Bug fixes

The following GitHub items were fixed:

API Changes

We have added lots of new APIs in the following namespaces

Removed API

We removed a set of legacy APIs that were marked Obsolete:

  • Method: PKI.CertificateServices.CertificateAuthority.GetSchema()
  • Method: PKI.CertificateServices.CertificateAuthority.GetCA()
  • Class: PKI.CertificateServices.DB.AdcsDbValue
  • Class: PKI.CertificateServices.DB.DataTypeEnum
  • Class: PKI.CertificateServices.DB.RequestRow
  • Class: PKI.CertificateServices.DB.Schema
  • Class: PKI.CertificateServices.DB.TableList
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.ALG_ID
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.ALG_IDCollection
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.ALG_ID_CNG
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.ALG_ID_CNGCollection
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.Csp
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.CspCNG
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.CspCNGCollection
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.CspCollection
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.CspLegacy
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.CspObject
  • Class: PKI.ServiceProviders.ProviderAlgorithm
  • Class: PKI.Security.AccessControlEntry2
  • Class: PKI.Security.AccessControlEntry2
  • Class: PKI.Security.SecurityDescriptor
  • Class: PKI.Security.AccessControlEntry2

Obsolete API

We marked a set of API with Obsolete attribute:

  • Ctor: PKI.CertificateServices.CertificateAuthority(String, String) moved to PKI.CertificateServices.CertificateAuthority.Connect() static method.
  • Prop: PKI.CertificateServices.CertificateAuthority.BaseCRL moved to GetBaseCRL() instance method
  • Prop: PKI.CertificateServices.CertificateAuthority.DeltaCRL moved to GetDeltaCRL() instance method
  • Prop: PKI.CertificateServices.CertificateAuthority.EnrollmentServiceURI renamed to EnrollmentEndpoints
  • Prop: SysadminsLV.PKI.Management.ActiveDirectory.DsCertEnrollContainer.CertificationAuthorities renamed EnrollmentServers

We will remove these APIs in next versions.


As always:

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