Requirements for Issuing Smart Card Certs with Microsoft CA

In order to issue Smart Card certificates to users, you must have the following:

  • Microsoft Windows Server is installed (2008, 2012, SBS)
  • A Domain Controller has been configured
  • The DNS server is configured with the correct domain name
  • Microsoft Windows Certificate Services is installed in Enterprise mode
  • There is an enrollment station PC joined to the domain with a smart card reader and mini-driver installed

It is especially important the the DNS is configured correctly, otherwise the client PCs will not be able to find the require certificate CRL.


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