Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Certificate Services System State Backup and Restore

Windows Server 2012 System State Backup allows an administrator to back-up several Operating System components including those required for a successful restore of a Certification Authority. Any certification authority backup should include the private key, certificate database, logs and the certification authority’s registry configuration. Windows Server Backup Feature should be installed on the certification authority…

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Backing up Windows Server 2008 ADCS CA Keys

[EDIT 2/20/2012] This problem has recently been resovled in a hotfix update. System state backup does not include CA private keys in Windows Server 2008 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2603469     Backing up a Windows Server 2008 (Including 2008 R2) Certification Authority (ADCS) involves a few extra steps compared to earlier…

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