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ADCA Windows 2012 R2 and removing old certificates

Posted on 2016-10-20
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We have a large internal PKI environment with an offline root and 2 sub CA's which services our 10K users and 15K devices. I use the certutil command every two weeks to remove failed request, revoked certs etc.. but what really needs to be done is clear the DB of all the expired certs. I am nervous about using the certutil command to do this since I do not want to remove a 'valid none expired certificate"
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by:Leo
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Run this command on your cert server and see if it helps you

Get-ExchangeCertificate | fl issuer,IsSelfSigned,NotAfter,thumbprint

Have you tried using this command to delete certs?

certutil –deleterow certs <today’s date in mm/dd/yyyy format>

Take a backup before deleting all expired Certs :-)
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The first command does not apply to me since the server do not host Exchange

What I am trying to verify is when running the certutil command for a time period will it delete certs that are both expired and not expired if they fall in the time range?
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When I check do I certutil -deleterow ? It states the cert syntax will only delete expired certificates. I am taking a backup of my CA and will post how I make out

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So far using the certutil -deletrow <date> Cert command is only removing the expired certifcates as expected. I hope this helps anyone else in the future
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Want to post my findings to help others in the future
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