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What is certutil.exe?


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Windows Process Description:

The process file certutil.exe is regarded as a core component of the Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack, thereby making it a core file of Windows. The certutil.exe process is a command line utility designed to manage a Windows CA. As a component of the Windows Server 2003, the program file certutil.exe can be used to publish certificates to the Active Directory. The location of the file certutil.exe is on C:/windows/system32/certutil.exe.

The Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack which the certutil.exe process is a part of, offers users server management tools that enable administrators remote management of the Windows 2003 Servers and Windows 2000 Servers. The version of the Windows Administration Tools pack and the certutil.exe file is 3790 and it is the final version.

The Windows 2003 and 2000 servers offers these 3 command line utilities for their certificate services, one of them being the program file certutil.exe and the other two being certreq.exe and certsvr.exe. The certutil.exe process, certsvr.exe and certreq.exe provides additional control and functionality of the certificate services. Utilization of the command line is mostly intended for well-informed certification authority administrators and and developers.

The process certutil.exe has extensive uses; one of the major uses include dumping certificate services configuration info, certificates, certificate requests and certificate revocation lists to files. The utility certutil.exe also performs these operations: get CA or certification authority configuration string, retrieve CA signing certificates, revoke certificates, retrieve or publish certification revocation lists, determine valid certificates from invalid and determine whether encoding length is a match with older enrollment controls, validate all or one level of certificate chains, deny or resubmit pending requests, set string avlue extension, integer or attributes for pending requests, validate private or public key sets, decode files based on base 64 or hexadecimal, program files to base 64, shut down the server for the certificate services, display the database scheme, convert certificates to appropriate versions, restore and backup database and CA keys and display certificates.

Author: Microsoft Corp..

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Part Of: Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack

Memory Usage: High since it is responsible for a lot of tasks; uses around 2 megabytes of memory resources when running

System Process: Yes

Application: Yes

Background Process: Yes

Uses Network: No

Uses Internet: No

Hardware Related: No

Common Path: C:\windows\system32\certutil.exe

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