PowerShell and Advanced Windows Administration

W06 The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Advanced AD Certificate Services

August 5th, 2015

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Level: Introductory Intermediate

Greg Shields

MVP, vExpert

Author Evangelist


These days, AD CS is becoming as important a network service as AD DS. Applications from Web servers to VPNs, System Center components to PowerShell all require (or strongly recommend) certificates as an authentication mechanism. You just can't operate a modern Windows environment without the ability to generate your own certificates.

The problem is building a production-worthy PKI isn't a matter taken lightly. They require planning, tiering, protection against data loss or failure, as well as ancillary services like CRLs, CDPs, online responders, and correctly-configured templates before ever generating your first certificates. Join Greg Shields for a 100 percent demo exploration of building your own AD Certificate Services infrastructure. In three hours, you'll begin with nothing and end with a production-worthy solution that's ready for users, their computers, and all your network services.

You will learn:

  • About the many components of a production-worthy AD CS infrastructure, and see them deployed from start to finish in this 100% demonstration session
  • The correct ways to configure a two-tier PKI using Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services
  • Step-by-step instructions you need to accomplish the same in your own environment