Archive for the ‘Windows Server’ Category

Simplify SSL Management & Installation on Windows Servers

Here’s the deal: Unless you work with SSL every day, managing your certificates on Windows servers isn’t easy.  Root certificates, intermediate certificates, and private keys, oh my!  Sometimes it can feel like you’re doing brain surgery on your server to fix a certificate problem.  So DigiCert built a new tool called DigiCertUtil.exe to make it easier.  With this tool you can manage, troubleshoot, and fix the SSL certificates on your server, all without having to open up a cmd prompt to run special certutil commands, or dig through the MMC Certificate Snap-in.

DigiCertUtil.exe makes it easy to:

  • See all the SSL certificates installed on your server.
  • Easily view details for each certificate.
  • Fix intermediate certificate problems with one click.
  • Import and Export your certificates to make a backup or move them between servers.
  • Test a certificate to verify its private key is functional.
  • Create certificate signing requests (very useful on ISA servers)
  • Install a certificate to a pending request.
  • Repair a certificate whose private key exists on the server but is not correctly associated with the certificate.

Continue reading and download the tool at DigiCert Windows SSL Management Tool – Windows SSL Troubleshooting.

Greg Shields has written an interesting article looking at some of the winners and loosers from the W2K8R2 feature set 2 years down the road from release.

Nearly two years have passed since Windows Server 2008 R2 was released. Lauded by some (this analyst included) as Microsoft’s first R2 release containing functionality that businesses actually need, the version has also been greeted with a healthy and steady increase in market share.

But while R2 is so much more than just a rollup of patches and updates, it stands to reason that some of its new features are far more successful than others. Although every OS version adds new capabilities, which of R2’s features are the real studs, and which could be considered duds by comparison?

Continue reading this great article via Studs and duds in the Windows Server 2008 R2 feature set.