Implement Active Directory Certificate Services

In this course on implementing Active Directory Certificate Services, you’ll get to grips with the intricacies of certificates and certificate administration, installation, enrollment and more.

Course description

Now it’s time to implement Active Directory Certificate Services. In this course, you’ll explore AD CS planning, installing root certificates and preparing offline root certificates, installing a subordinate certificate, administering certificates and more. There’ll also be a quick visit from another of our great instructors (hint, his initials are M.M.) to talk over the basics of certificates, certificate authorities and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).


Certificates with Mike

Video — 00:06:32

A visit from Mike Meyers provides an overview of certificates, certificate authorities, and PKI (Public Key Infrastructure). This segment from Mike’s Security+ series will help fill in any knowledge gaps you might have before moving into AD Certificate Services & CAs.

AD CS Planning

Video — 00:11:32

Learn about the Active Directory Certificate Services role, explore the various CA types, and analyze considerations when it comes to installing the CS role.

Installing Root CAs

Video — 00:10:37

In this episode, learn how to install Certificate Services using Server Manager and understand the various options presented through the installation process.

Preparing an Offline Root CA

Video — 00:06:16

Learn how to prepare for and ensure services are maintained through subordinate CAs when the root CA is offline.

Installing a Subordinate CA

Video — 00:06:12

In this episode, walk through the installation and configurations needed to add a subordinate CA.

Administering CAs

Video — 00:05:17

Explore the Certificate Management console to manage CAs and learn how to apply permissions and security roles to CAs.

Enrollment, Renewal and Revocation

Video — 00:06:02

Work through the various deployment methods for CAs and learn the process of revoking a CA.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the “Alpha Geek,” is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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