Start or stop the certification authority service

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To start or stop the certification authority service

  • Using the Windows interface

  • Using a command line

Using the Windows interface

  1. Log on to the system as a Certification Authority Administrator.

  2. Open Certification Authority.

  3. In the console tree, click the name of the certification authority (CA).


    • Certification Authority (Computer)/CA name
  4. On the Action menu, point to All Tasks, and click Start Service to start the service or click Stop Service to stop the service.


  • To open Certification Authority, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Certification Authority.

  • You can also start or stop Certificate Services if you open Computer Management, double-click Services and Applications, and then click Services. In the details pane, click Certificate Services. On the Action menu, click Stop or Start.

Using a command line

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. Type:

    net start certsvc to start the service or type net stop certsvc to stop the service.

Value Description


Start the specified service.


Stop the specified service


Specifies the Certification Authority service as the service to act on.


  • To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

  • To view the complete syntax for this command, at a command prompt, type:

    net /?

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Role-based administration
Working with MMC console files
Administer the certification authority on another computer
Administer the certification authority on this computer