Category: Offline CA

Backups Database Hardware Security Modules Hotfixes Maintenance Offline CA PKI

Backing up ADCS Certificate Authorities (Part 2 of 2)

In my last blog post (Backing up ADCS Certificate Authorities Part 1) I covered the inner workings of how ADCS and the Jet database works to maintain the CA data. In this post I am going to go over a comprehensive PowerShell script that I

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  • January 11, 2018

Backups Database Hardware Security Modules Hotfixes Maintenance Offline CA PKI

Backing up ADCS Certificate Authorities (Part 1 of 2)

One of the areas I have spoken about extensively at conferences and cover in my 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

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  • December 14, 2017

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Ignore Revocation Checking – The bane of my existence!

As students in my PKI training classes know, one of the areas I am a vocal about is the blind use of the CRLF_REVCHECK_IGNORE_OFFLINE setting in a PKI environment. I am so adamantly against the use of this setting, I personally refuse to ever explicitly

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  • April 20, 2017

Architecture Maintenance Offline CA

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

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,

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  • October 4, 2016

Darknet Hardware Security Modules Maintenance Offline CA PKI

Offline Certificate Authority – What Exactly Does that Mean?

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.
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  • August 10, 2016

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