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What is a certificate chain, as opoosed to a certificate
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The certificate chain encapsulates all the certificates in the path:

e.g your certificate : www.domain.com - is your end user certificate

The chain now begins with the SUB CA (certificate authority that might have issues your cert)
e.g.  Verisign Class3 Secure Server xxx

Then unless there is extended validation the root certificate
The root certificate is at the top of the list of certificates on your certificate details tab and is the certificate from the CA that issued your cert.


The certs in the path leading to your certificate is the "chain"
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i believe the IBM explanation below makes it easier.

How certificate chains work
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wmqv6/v6r0/topic/com.ibm.mq.csqzas.doc/sy10600_.htm
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