Retrieve a certification authority certificate

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To retrieve a certification authority certificate

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

  2. In Address, type https://servername/certsrv, where servername is the name of the Windows 2000 Web server where the certification authority (CA) you want to access is located.

  3. Click Retrieve the CA certificate or certificate revocation list, and then click Next.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you want to trust all the certificates issued by this certification authority (CA), click Install this CA certification path.

    • If the certification authority has been renewed, you will have the choice of which version of the CA certificate you want to download.

  5. Under Choose file to download, click the CA certificate you want to download, and then click Download CA Certificate.

  6. In File Download, click Open this file from its current location, and then click OK.

  7. When the Certificate dialog box appears, click Install certificate.

  8. In the Certificate Import Wizard, click Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate.

  9. If you are finished using the Certificate Services Web pages, close Internet Explorer.


  • To open Internet Explorer, click Start, point to All programs, and then click Internet Explorer.

  • Choosing Install this CA certification path is useful when you want to establish trust in a subordinate CA, but you do not currently have the certificate of the root CA of the certification hierarchy in your certificate store.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Using Windows 2000 Certificate Services Web pages
Certificates and certification authorities
Use Windows Server 2003 Certificate Services Web Pages