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Delegated Installation for an Enterprise Certification Authority with Powershell

By default, to install an Entriprise certification authority (CA), you must be a member of the Enterprise Admins group, or Domain Admins for the root domain. By running the scripts in this topic, you can delegate control to an administrator who doesn’t have these high-privilege permissions.

Use the following procedure to prepare a forest so that a low-privilege administrator can install and configure an enterprise CA.

Grant-ADPermission -GroupDistinguishedName 'CN=PKIAdmins,OU=Groups,OU=Coremans,DC=coremans,DC=internal' -AdRights GenericAll -AccessControlType Allow -Inheritance SelfAndChildren -ObjectType "AllProperties" -InheritedObjectType AllObjects -AdObjectDN 'CN=Public Key Services,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=coremans,DC=internal' -Verbose
Grant-ADPermission -GroupDistinguishedName 'CN=PKIAdmins,OU=Groups,OU=Coremans,DC=coremans,DC=internal' -AdRights WriteProperty -AccessControlType Allow -Inheritance SelfAndChildren -ObjectType "member" -InheritedObjectType Group -AdObjectDN 'CN=Pre-Windows 2000 Compatible Access,CN=Builtin,DC=coremans,DC=internal' -Verbose 

Grant-ADPermission -GroupDistinguishedName 'CN=PKIAdmins,OU=Groups,OU=Coremans,DC=coremans,DC=internal' -AdRights WriteProperty -AccessControlType Allow -Inheritance SelfAndChildren -ObjectType "member" -InheritedObjectType Group -AdObjectDN 'CN=Cert Publishers,CN=Users,DC=coremans,DC=internal' -Verbose

An administrator who is not a member of the Enterprise Admins group or Domain Admins group but who is a member of the group that you created can now install and configure an enterprise CA.


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