Security :: X509 - Client Certificate Infrastructure

Sep 9, 2010

I dont have a lot of background with SSL and X509 configuration and support with my Asp.Net application, so I was wondering if someone can explain or point me in the right direction to MSDN or any other article or posting explaining if it's possible to do what I am looking to support in my environment.

I have IIS 6.0 with SSL (Verisign cert) as well as "Require client certificates" working against a local installation of Microsoft Certificate Services, https://<domain>/certsrv, where users can request and install client certs (both xp clients for basic
mode, and Vista/7 for advance mode).

Here's what I am up against:

I have a segment of users coming from a virtualized server environment where this environment does not store personal settings for more than 48 hours. It's not an internet cafe, but rather an actual business where their IT staff uses server images to reimage each virtual server in the farm every 48hrs. Thus losing all users data in the "Current Users" Certificate Stores.

The IT staff give users a network folder share to store any personal items (docs, spreadsheets, links, etc.). The servers consist of Windows Server 2003, and will be migrating to Windows Server 2008 in the next 6-9 months.

These users have rights in Internet Explorer to navigate to my certsrv site and use activex to to request and install certificates then clode and reopen the broser to navigate and render the app.


It's a pain to ask the users to request and have issued a client certificate every 48 hours.

The IT staff of this company has asked if I can create some sort of certificate that they can load in the "local computer" certificate store, NOT the "Current User" store, that will be made part of their base image for all their servers, and that this certificate is then used to properly authenticate all users on these servers to my IIS with "require client certificates" selected.


Is this possible, and if so what can I do on my side to create the proper certificate to give to the IT staff at this business to put into their servers "local computer" certificate store? I assume either under the Personal->Certificates store, or under the "Trusted Root Certification Authorities"->Certificates store. Thus allowing any user of these servers in their thin client virtual environment to open I.E., navigate to my site and select a certificate from the "Choose a digital certificate" popup that allows them to render my Asp.Net application, or avoids this popup altogether.

If this is the wrong forum to post in, please advise and I will move. Probably due to vernacular on my part, I have been unable to find any resources on here, MSDN or Bing to help me solve this problem.

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