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Do i need to migrate the Certificate Authority role from SBS 2011?

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We are migrating from SBS 2011 to Windows Server 2012 R2 servers. SBS 2011 has the Certificate Authority role installed. If we are using purchased certificates for all public services do we need to migrate the CA role to the new domain controller or can we just remove this role?

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If you use only certificates purchased from a trusted third party then I wouldn't bother to migrate the role to your new servers.

What you can do is follow the steps in this guide to back up your CA database and related files and then store them somewhere for safe keeping. Follow the links underneath the Migrating the certification authority section up until the Removing the CA role service from the source server step.

If you find that you do need to have the Certificate Authority in your new 2012 R2 environment later down the track then follow the rest of the steps in the guide to restore the CA database using the backed up copy of the CA database files.
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