How to: Add a Certificate in Visual Basic .NET

This section describes how to create a certificate by using Visual Basic .NET.

The code example creates a simple certificate with an encryption password. Unlike other objects, the Create method has several overloads. The overload used in the example creates a new certificate with an encryption password.

Creating a certificate

  1. Start Visual Studio 2005.

  2. From the File menu, select New Project. The New Project dialog box appears.

  3. In the Project Types pane, select Visual Basic. In the Templates pane, select Console Application.

  4. (Optional) In the Name box, type the name of the new application.

  5. Click OK to load the Visual Basic console application template.

  6. On the Project menu, select Add Reference item. The Add Reference dialog box appears. Select Browse and locate the SMO assemblies in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\SDK\Assemblies folder. Select the following files:





  7. On the View menu, click Code.-Or-Select the Module1.vb window to display the code window.

  8. In the code, before any declarations, type the following Imports statements to qualify the types in the SMO namespace:

    Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo
    Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common
  9. Insert the code that follows this procedure into the main program.

  10. Run and build the application.


'Connect to the local, default instance of SQL Server.
Dim srv As Server
srv = New Server
'Reference the AdventureWorks database.
Dim db As Database
db = srv.Databases("AdventureWorks")
'Define a Certificate object variable by supplying the parent database and name in the constructor.
Dim c As Certificate
c = New Certificate(db, "Test_Certificate")
'Set the start date, expiry date, and description.
c.StartDate = DateValue("January 01, 2007")
c.Subject = "This is a test certificate."
c.ExpirationDate = DateValue("January 01, 2008")
'Create the certificate on the instance of SQL Server by supplying the certificate password argument.

See Also


Using Encryption

Other Resources


Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance