Best Practices Analyzer for Active Directory Certificate Services

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

In Windows management, best practices are guidelines that are considered the ideal way—under normal circumstances and as defined by experts—to configure a server. While best practice violations, even critical ones, do not necessarily lead to problems, they indicate server configurations that can result in poor performance, poor reliability, unexpected conflicts, increased security risks, or other potential issues.

Topics in this section can help you bring Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) into compliance with best practices. Content in this section is most valuable to administrators who have completed a Best Practices Analyzer scan of AD CS and who want information about how to interpret and resolve scan results that identify areas of AD CS that are not compliant with best practices.

For more information about Best Practices Analyzer and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer (

Premier Support customers can use an intensive PKI Health Check for a thorough evaluation of AD CS deployments. For more information, see Public Key Infrastructure Server Health Check Datasheet.