Would you like to learn how to install a Certification Authority on Windows Server? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install and configure a Certification Authority on a computer running Windows server.

• Windows 2012 R2

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Tutorial - Certification Authority Installation on Windows

Open the Server Manager application.

Access the Manage menu and click on Add roles and features.

Windows 2012 add role

Access the Server role screen, select the Active Directory Certificate Services and click on the Next button.

windows certification authority installation

On the following screen, click on the Add features button.

active directory certificate service

Keep clicking on the Next button until you reach the role service screen.

Enable the option named Certification Authority and click on the Next button.

Windows server 2012 Certification authority install

On the confirmation screen, click on the Install button.

Windows ca confirmation screen

Wait the Certification Authority installation to finish.

Windows 2012 R2 certification authority installation

You have finished the Active directory Certification Authority installation on Windows server.

Tutorial - Active Directory Certification Authority Configuration

Open the Server Manager application.

Click on the yellow flag menu and select the option: Configure Active Directory Certificate Services

certification authority post deployment

On the credentials screen, click on the Next button.

Windows CA Credentials

Select the Certification Authority option and click on the Next button.

Windows certification authority role service

Select the Enterprise CA option and click on the Next button.

windows enterprise ca

Select the Create a new private key option and click on the Next button.

windows ca new private key

Keep the default cryptography configuration and click on the Next button.

windows cryptography for ca

Set a common name to the Certification authority and click on the Next button.

In our example, we set the common name: TECH-CA

Windows CA name configuration

Set the Windows Certification authority validity period.

Windows CA validity period

Keep the default Windows Certification authority database location.

windows certificate database

Verify the summary and click on the Configure button.

Windows Ca installation summary

Wait for the Windows server certification authority installation to finish.

Windows cs authority results

After finishing the certification authority installation, reboot your computer.

You have finished the Windows Certification authority installation.