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SSL/TLS in Windows Server 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 with SP1

Chris Crall, Mike Danseglio, and David Mowers

Microsoft Corporation

Published: July 2003

The Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 operating system supports Schannel, an implementation of three protocols (TLS 1.0, SSL 3.0 & SSL 2.0) that provide network security for applications and services. This paper focuses on the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL 3.0) protocol and Transport Layer Security (TLS 1.0) protocol. These protocols offer certificate-based authentication and secure data transfers using symmetric encryption keys.

In This White Paper

Introduction (SSL/TLS in Windows Server 2003)

Overview of SSL/TLS Encryption

SSL/TLS in Detail

SSL/TLS Scenarios

SSL and Firewalls

Performance Considerations