Viewing Test Certificates

After the certificate is created and a copy is put in the certificate store, the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Certificates snap-in can be used to view it. Do the following to view a certificate through the MMC Certificates snap-in:

  1. Click Start and then click Start Search.

  2. To start the Certificates snap-in, type Certmgr.msc and press the Enter key.

  3. In the left pane of the Certificates snap-in, expand the PrivateCertStore certificate store folder and double-click Certificates.

The following screen shot shows the Certificates snap-in view of the PrivateCertStore certificate store folder.

screen shot of the certificate store showing the test certificate

To view the details about the certificate, double-click the certificate in the right pane. The following screen shot shows the details about the certificate.

screen shot of the certificate window displaying the details of the (test) certificate

Notice that the Certificate dialog box states: "This CA Root certificate is not trusted. To enable trust, install this certificate in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store." This is the expected behavior. The certificate cannot be verified because Windows does not trust the issuing authority, "" by default.