Part 1 – Installing Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Certificate Services

This is Part 1 of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.0 to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services.

I have heavily invested into my Home Lab over the last few months and as part of building my new VMware vSphere 6.0 Home Lab. I have decided that creating an Enterprise Root CA is a good idea so that I can work with certificates in my home lab.

The following instruction assumes you have a vanilla installation Windows Server 2012 R2 server. In this instance I have named the server cx-ca-01 and joined it to my home lab domain.

Select Add roles and features from within the Server Manager screen.

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If desired (for your own sanity) check the Skip this page by default checkbox and then Click Next.

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Select the Role-based or feature-based installation option and click Next.

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Select the Select a server from the server pool option and ensure the server you want to install Certificate Services on is selected and click Next.

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Select Active Directory Certificate Services.

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When prompted, click Add Features to add the default pre-requisite components.

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Unless there are additional Roles you wish to install, Click Next.

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Add any additional Features you may wish to install and click Next.

cx-ca-05Click Next.

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Select Certificate Authority Web Enrollment.

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When prompted, click Add Features to add the default pre-requisite components.

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Click Next.

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Click Next.

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Click Next.

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Click Install.

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The roles and features will now install. Click Close.

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Once the CA features have been installed, click Configure Active Directory Certificate Services.

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Part 2 will cover the initial configuration of the Certificate Authority.

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