Microsoft Enterprise Certificate Authority

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Certificate authorities
Group Policy
Security
My company has an Enterprise Certification Authority running on a domain controller. The Enterprise CA was installed to deploy computer certificates to be used for authentication with a wireless system. In the Certification Authority snap-in, next to the "computer" certificate template in the POLICY folder, the intended purpose is listed as "client authentication, server authentication." There is a group policy assigned to automatically deploy computer certificates to domain clients. With this configuration in place, are the computer certificates used in any way during the logon process when logging on using control-alt-delete? (I thought that computer certificates could only be used for authentication in conjunction with IPSec, L2TP, SSL, smart card logon or S/MIME, but recently I heard a suggestion that if the computer template is configured and deployed automatically via Group Policy, the computer certificates become integrated with the control-alt-delete logon process and are then required for AD authentication.)
ASKED: December 10, 2007  9:54 PM
UPDATED: January 29, 2008  1:47 AM

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The certificate shouldn’t be used unless IPSec is being used, or you are connecting over the wireless.

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  • Papp
    2003 servers? and Vista + XP sp2 Clients? ~shame Microsoft put the planned obsolencence in the OS name. Wonder if you haven't stumbled on Identity Federation?
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