Active Directory Certificate Services Role

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Active Directory® Certificate Services (AD CS) in the Windows Server® 2008 operating system provides customizable services for creating and managing public key certificates used in software security systems employing public key technologies. Organizations can use AD CS to enhance security by binding the identity of a person, device, or service to a corresponding private key. AD CS also includes features that allow you to manage certificate enrollment and revocation in a variety of scalable environments.

The following topics describe changes in AD CS functionality available in this release: