Checklist: Implementing a Certificate-based Isolation Policy Design

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Essential Business Server, Windows SBS 2003, Windows SBS 2008, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

This parent checklist includes cross-reference links to important concepts about using certificates as an authentication option in either a domain isolation or server isolation design.


Complete the tasks in this checklist in order. When a reference link takes you to a procedure, return to this topic after you complete the steps in that procedure so that you can proceed with the remaining tasks in this checklist
The procedures in this section use the Group Policy MMC snap-in interfaces for configuring the GPOs, but you can also use the Netsh command-line tool to configure GPOs. For more information, see Use Netsh to Configure GPOs.

Checklist: Implementing certificate-based authentication

  Task Reference

Review important concepts and examples for certificate-based authentication to determine if this design meets your deployment goals and the needs of your organization.

Identifying Your Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Deployment Goals

Certificate-based Isolation Policy Design

Certificate-based Isolation Policy Design Example

Planning Certificate-based Authentication

Install the Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) role as an enterprise root issuing certification authority (CA). This step is required only if you have not already deployed a CA on your network.

Install Active Directory Certificate Services

Configure the certificate template for workstation authentication certificates.

Configure the Workstation Authentication Certificate Template

Configure Group Policy to automatically deploy certificates based on your template to workstation computers.

Configure Group Policy to Autoenroll and Deploy Certificates

On a test computer, refresh Group Policy and confirm that the certificate is installed.

Confirm That Certificates Are Deployed Correctly