Manage certificates for a computer

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

To manage certificates for a computer

  1. Click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK.

  2. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in, and then click Add.

  3. Under Snap-in, double-click Certificates, click Computer account, and then click Next.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To manage certificates for the local computer, click Local computer, and then click Finish.

    • To manage certificates for a remote computer, click Another computer and type the name of the computer, or click Browse to select the computer name, and then click Finish.

  5. Click Close.

    Certificates (Computer Name) appears on the list of selected snap-ins for the new console.

  6. If you have no more snap-ins to add to the console, click OK.

  7. To save this console, on the File menu, click Save.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • To manage certificates for another computer, you can either create another instance of Certificates in the console, or right-click Certificates (Computer Name) and click Connect to Another Computer.

  • For more information on using Microsoft Management Console (MMC), on the Help menu, click Help Topics.

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


Working with MMC console files
Save an MMC console file
Starting the Certificates snap-in
Manage certificates for your user account
Manage certificates for a service