?
Solved

Certificate Authority - Extending the Validity Period of a pre-installed CA

Posted on 2010-08-31
8
Medium Priority
?
1,308 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I am currently running Windows SBS 2008 (not that I can percieve its that much different from 2003) and the Certificate Authority is already installed on it with the default 5 year validity period.

I would like to extend the validity period for the ROOT CA as high as it will go, but because it is already installed I cannot appear to do this by the wizard, and the certreq utility isn't the most friendly of commands.

How can I extend the validity period of the ROOT CA, and also increase the exipiry periods of all of the certifcates it will issue?

Thanks x
0
Comment
Question by:sterlingdev
8 Comments
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:radnbne
ID: 33566544
I believe you need to revoke and recreate the certificate in order to extend it.
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:DanMar
ID: 33566895
Have a look if a renewal in the "Fix my network" wizard works otherwise try editing the capolicy.inf file and adjusting validity periods.
0
 

Author Comment

by:sterlingdev
ID: 33570686
I know I would need to revoke and recreate the root CA, but when you do it just sticks to the same 5 year default. Is there a way of changing it?
0
Simplify Active Directory Administration

Administration of Active Directory does not have to be hard.  Too often what should be a simple task is made more difficult than it needs to be.The solution?  Hyena from SystemTools Software.  With ease-of-use as well as powerful importing and bulk updating capabilities.

 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:DanMar
ID: 33574703
Hi, the other option I mentioned was "editing the capolicy.inf file and adjusting validity periods" - you may have success with this.
0
 

Author Comment

by:sterlingdev
ID: 33574762
Capolicy.inf does not exist.
0
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
DanMar earned 2000 total points
ID: 33576886
0
 

Author Comment

by:sterlingdev
ID: 33577180
Thank you, yes this seems to work, by creating the CAPolicy.INF file and saving it into the root of the WINDOWS directory with the following contents...

[certsrv_server]
RenewalValidityPeriodUnits=99
RenewalValidityPeriod=years

I have regenerated the CA Root cert and now has an expiry of 2109!

Thanks
0
 

Expert Comment

by:McKuser
ID: 33747489
This didin't work for me.  Must I restart any service?
0

Featured Post

Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Possible fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 updating problem. Solutions mentioned are from Microsoft themselves. I started a case with them from our Microsoft Silver Partner option to open a case and get direct support from Microsoft. If s…
After seeing many questions for JRNL_WRAP_ERROR for replication failure, I thought it would be useful to write this article.
This tutorial will give a short introduction and overview of Backup Exec 2012 and how to navigate and perform basic functions. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as conne…
This tutorial will show how to configure a new Backup Exec 2012 server and move an existing database to that server with the use of the BEUtility. Install Backup Exec 2012 on the new server and apply all of the latest hotfixes and service packs. The…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month5 days, 11 hours left to enroll

588 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question