How to permanently Retarget Certification Authority to the the server from my desktop?

Posted on 2008-11-14
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I installed "Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack" on my desktop, so I can use CA utility from my desktop without logging into the server each time I need to issue the certificate.

Everything is setup and working now.  But, each time when I need to use CA utility from my desktop, I need to retarget Certification Authority.  How can I permanently retarget Certification Authority, so, I don't have to do it over and over?
Question by:beautycalla
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    Not really a good way to 'point' the certsrv.msc towards any by passing a switch, etc. -- however this should do the trick for you... sorry it looks messy but you can't go wrong.  In short, make a new MMC and stick a shortcut to it in your admin tools folder.  The spelled out version has the location of the icon if you want to get rid of the default mmc hammer for the shortcut.

    Start - Run - mmc - OK - (maximize inset) - File - Add/Remove Snap-in... - Add - Certification Authority - Add - dot Another computer - Browse... - (point to your desired CA) - OK - Finish - (Repeat since first Add if you want to add multiple CAs -- add any other snap-ins you want) - Close - OK - (expand CA hierarchy out) - File - Save As... - c:\Custom\CA.msc (filename) - Save - (close the box).  Open Explorer to C:\Custom - right-click CA.msc - send to desktop/create shortcut - rename shortcut as desired - open shortcut properties - Change Icon... - point to '%SystemRoot%\system32\certmmc.dll' and select first icon if you want it to match Certification Authority's icon :) - OK - OK - copy/paste shortcut to 'C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools' or %userprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools'

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    Wow!!!  I posted two questions!!!  And your answer solved both of them!!!  Thank you so much!!!

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