How do I configure a Windows 2008 R2 Subordinate Certificate Server ?

Hi everyone,

I am in the process of implementing a PKI environment. I have configured and created a CA root server.  I need this to be a 3 tier PKI infrastructure.  How do I create a subordinate server ? Do I export the root CA certificate and import it in to the subordinate server ?  I have read many articles but its just confusing...information overload.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
that is correct you also have to create and enable a certificate request from the subordinate CA to the root ca and authorize the request and from the root ca export the certificate.  also you should create a group policy that adds the root certificate to the trusted root certificate store on all of the machines.

you can now shutdown the root certificate server.  the root ca should not be domain joined. preferably in a virtual machine.
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CaussyRAuthor Commented:
Thanks David.

I have been looking for step-by-step instructions to build an offline intermediate server but can not find anything.  Please, could you let me know how to build an offline intermediate server ?

I have seen some documentation but this discusses running the certutil command line etc - is this required to run an offline intermediary server ?
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
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CaussyRAuthor Commented:
Thank you for all your help, great articles.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
NP.
I have the two tier setup in my environment as followed by the articles.
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