This page contains a collection of downloadable whitepapers on Public Key Infratructure (PKI) and Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) published by Microsoft starting with Windows Server 2003 and up to Windows Server 2012. In the past, Microsoft has published a number of high-quality deep detail whitepapers on PKI and ADCS in particular. I’m often using them in consulting projects and online forums. Unfortunately, some of them were lost in time and there is no “one stop shop” with links to all PKI/ADCS whitepapers. I put efforts in collecting them in a single place and I believe this collection is a true gem for every PKI admin!

There are several reasons for this publication:

  • Whitepapers written against retired Windows Server 2003 are still relevant for the most recent Active Directory Certificate Services versions;
  • Some of documents are no longer available on Microsoft Download Center and download links are dead;
  • Most whitepapers are scattered over internet and are hard to find.

Here is the table of whitepapers I have collected:

Document name Format Size
[Win2k] Windows 2000 Server and Key Management Server Interoperability PDF 1,21 MB
[Win2k3] Best Practices for Implementing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Public Key Infrastructure DOCX 397,01 KB
[Win2k3] Certificate Autoenrollment in Windows Server 2003 DOCX 371,92 KB
[Win2k3] Certificate Revocation and Status Checking DOCX 1,03 MB
[Win2k3] Cross-Certification and Qualified Subordination DOCX 783,08 KB
[Win2k3] Encrypting File System in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 DOCX 403,11 KB
[Win2k3] Implementing and Administering Certificate Templates in Windows Server 2003 PDF 444,24 KB
[Win2k3] Key Archival and Management in Windows Server 2003 DOCX 1,19 MB
[Win2k3] Logistics of Smart Card Deployment DOCX 97,32 KB
[Win2k3] PKI Enhancements in Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003 DOCX 126,83 KB
[Win2k3] Planning and Implementing Cross-Certification and Qualified Subordination Using Windows Server 2003 DOCX 2,47 MB
[Win2k3] Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up Secure Wireless Access in a Test Lab DOCX 1,21 MB
[Win2k3] Troubleshooting Certificate Status and Revocation PDF 1,12 MB
[Win2k3] Windows Server 2003 Operations Guide DOCX 396,58 KB
[Win2k3] Wireless LAN Security with Microsoft Windows DOCX 311,27 KB
[Win2k8] Active Directory Certificate Services Upgrade and Migration Guide DOCX 396,37 KB
[Win2k8] Administering Certificate Templates in Windows Server 2008 DOCX 980,12 KB
[Win2k8] Certificate Revocation Checking in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 DOCX 132,02 KB
[Win2k8] Certificate Services Enhancements in Longhorn Server DOCX 947,05 KB
[Win2k8] Failover Clustering and ADCS in Windows Server 2008 DOCX 132,07 KB
[Win2k8] Installing Configuring and Troubleshooting OCSP DOCX 790,34 KB
[Win2k8] Key Archival and Management in Longhorn Beta 3 DOCX 2,49 MB
[Win2k8] Network Access Protection Policies in Windows Server 2008 DOCX 295,69 KB
[Win2k8] Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Certificate Services Step-By-Step Guide DOCX 112,93 KB
[Win2k8] Windows Server 2008 Foundation Network Companion Guide_Deploying Server Certificates DOCX 96,55 KB
[Win2k8] Пошаговое руководство по настройке службы сертификации Active Directory в ОС Windows Server 2008 DOCX 117,52 KB
[Win2k8R2] Active Directory Certificate Services Migration Guide PDF 985,07 KB
[Win2k8R2] Cross-forest certificate enrollment with Windows Server 2008 R2 DOCX 1,49 MB
[Win2k8R2] Infrastructure Planning and Design - ADCS ZIP 1,89 MB
[Win2k8R2] Microsoft SCEP implementation whitepaper DOCX 1,49 MB
[Win2k8R2] Windows Server 2008 R2 Certificate Enrollment Web Services DOCX 12,15 MB
[Win2k12] Configuring Trusted Roots and Disallowed Certificates DOCX 35,32 KB
[Win2k12R2] Securing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) DOCX 1,89 MB
[Win2k16] Certificate Autoenrollment in Windows Server 2016 (non-Microsoft) DOCX 1 MB

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Guest
Guest 24.02.2019 13:28 (GMT+2) 34 PKI & ADCS Whitepapers You Must Read

Great Collection!

Having difficulties with doc [Win2k8] Пошаговое руководство по настройке службы сертификации Active Directory в ОС Windows Server 2008 ;-)

Vadims Podāns
Vadims Podāns 24.02.2019 14:55 (GMT+2) 34 PKI & ADCS Whitepapers You Must Read

> Having difficulties

what kind of difficulties?

Guest
Guest 24.02.2019 22:45 (GMT+2) 34 PKI & ADCS Whitepapers You Must Read

Cant read russian...

Vadims Podāns
Vadims Podāns 24.02.2019 22:51 (GMT+2) 34 PKI & ADCS Whitepapers You Must Read

The article is in Russian, it is correct. You simply can skip this document.

Roman Krylov
Roman Krylov 25.02.2019 11:51 (GMT+2) 34 PKI & ADCS Whitepapers You Must Read

Thank you very much, for that material.

DTK
DTK 21.03.2019 18:33 (GMT+2) 34 PKI & ADCS Whitepapers You Must Read

Vladims,

 

Thank you for aggregating and curating this great collection of PKI knowledge, some of which has become hard to find. The knowledge and the perspective of how our profession has evolved over the last two decades has been invaluable.

 

Do do you have a copy of the 2008 updated white paper titled “Microsoft IT Showcase: Deploying PKI inside Microsoft”? Brian Komar’s seminal “PKI and Certificate Security” references it as illustrating how to build an exit module. Microsoft no longer seems to host this, and while the Wayback Machine on the Internet Archive has the page to download it, the .DOC and .PPT files are not archived there. 

 

 

Thanks,

 

 - DTK 

 

 

Vadims Podāns
Vadims Podāns 21.03.2019 19:07 (GMT+2) 34 PKI & ADCS Whitepapers You Must Read

> Do do you have a copy of the 2008 updated white paper titled “Microsoft IT Showcase: Deploying PKI inside Microsoft”?

yes, I do. But only a 40 page .doc version, no slides unfortunately. Last update was in 2011. though, it is not a whitepaper in my understanding and I didn't publish it here. And this document doesn't provide any information on custom Exit Module development.

 


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