I currently have a enterprise root CA running under Win 2003 standard. I know this is not the best scenario but when I aquired the server for administration it was a DC with the CA and Exchange. We removed the DC a couple of years ago and that left the CA and Exchange. I need to move the CA and upgrade it to 2003 Enterprise Server. That would give a stand alone CA and a stand alone Exchange server.
I have read that the CA can be moved to a new server with the same same or with a different name. However, what I have found says the CA name must stay the same. Well, the CA has the same name as the Exchange server name since they were on the same box. I need to keep the Exchange name. I not so sure it would be a good idea that if the CA were moved to a new server with a different same name yet keep the same name as the Exchange server.
I have also read that a CA could be decomissioned and removed from the network. The root CA cert expires in 2 months and there will be no outstanding certificates. So with the expiration coming up, couldn't I pull the CA and decommission it. Completely remove it from the organization and then set up a new CA with a different name on the new server?
Also, I am lacking a physical server to load the CA on, but I do have a virtual environment that I could install the CA. This environmant is at a remote sight under a differnt subnet. It is part of the domain as there are two DCs at that site and are connected through AD Sites and Services. We have a dedicated private site to site 10meg fibre connection. Ideally I would like to have it a my main site, but if not, would this cause any issues? I am thinking it shouldn't.