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Hi - We had a PKCS 7 SSL for a program we had installed on a local computer.  The PDC went down and we got a new one so we had to switch the PDC on that computer.  For some reason the new account isn't recognizing the SSL.  Nothing has changed except the user account.  How come it isn't recognizing that SSL?

Thanks!!!
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by:Dave Howe
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Not sure what you mean. The pkcs #7 format is most commonly seen as a container for a certificate chain - like a pkcs #12 (pfx) but without the secret key - but can also be a container format for s/mime or non-SAML single-signon. What isn't working,  and could it be the lack of a secret key at fault?
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by:zack4x4
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Sorry in the program there was a drop down in the certificate area that we would select the certificate, however since we had to setup a new user the certificate is missing even though nothing else has changed.  I've tried copying the certificates in the MMC snap in but that doesn't seem to help.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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when you exported the certificate did you export the private key as well.. you have to
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by:zack4x4
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Whoops I didn't and I can't login to that account anymore on the computer.  Is it possible to take and copy the windows profile from one user to another including registry if needed?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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no as that doesn't have the private key.
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Dave Howe earned 1600 total points
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Public key / certificate is stored in the registry - butbut the private key isn't. As far as I know, it is not possible to recover the secret key even if you have the original profile intact - some keys from the SAM are needed too :(
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That sucks :(  Ok thanks for all your help!
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