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GPO setting to export Root and Intermediate Certificates to client machines?

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Hello there,

Please advise what is the GPO settings I need to use to exported Root and Intermediate certificates to client machines?

Thanks and Regards
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Question by:goprasad
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Group Policy has a predefined setting to push out root certs. Normally, intermediate certs need not be pushed - the authority reference field in the endpoint certificate allows the client to pull those as needed. However, if you really want to push those to a machine (for offline use, for example) then they are just registry keys. Import the intermediate locally, then search for its thumbprint (hash) value. For example;
CertificateShows the intermediate "DigiCert High Assurance CA-3" With Thumbprint selected and
RegistryShows the registry key that matches this certificate.
Exporting this allows you to embed it into the GPO; optionally, you can move between
KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\CA\Certificates (per-user profile certs) and
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\CA\Certificates (per-machine profile certs) by exporting in REGEDIT4 format and editing in notepad.
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When you go into Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Public Key Policy   do you see Intermediate Certification Authorities.

If you do you can add the intermediate key there to push to users computers.

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/the-enterprise-cloud/provision-an-intermediate-certificate-through-group-policy
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772491.aspx
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