Step by step Instructions for Subordinate CA Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 3

This is the last and final part with back-out procedure of step by step instruction for subordinate CA migration from windows server 2003 to windows server 2008 R2

1. Back-Out Procedure

In case of migration failure i.e. if the Certificate authority service fails to stop, auto enrollment failure or error/issue in any of the verifying migration steps. Then the back-out procedure has to be executed to restore the CA service on the source server.

a. Removing CA Role from Destination server

Log on to the destination server, and start Server Manager.

In the console tree, click Roles.

On the Roles pane click, Remove Roles

If the Before you begin page appears click Next

On the Remove Server Roles, Uncheck ACTIVE Directory Certificate Services and click Next

Click Remove on the Confirm Removal Selection and restart the server once completes

Remove Destination server from domain

Rename the Destination server

b. Adding CA Role on Source Server

Rename the source server to the initial name

Add the source server to domain

Launch Add or Remove programs and select add/remove windows components and select Certificate Service and click, Next

Select Enterprise Subordinate CA as CA Type and select “Use custom settings to generate the key pair and CA Certificate”

On the Public and Private Key Pair click Import and select the backed up file .p12 and enter the password and click next

Click Next to proceed with the CA configuration and close

c. Restoring CA DB on source server

Launch Certificate Authority snap in

Select CA node and click on Actions, All Task and Restore CA

On the Items to Restore select Private key and CA Certificate and Certificate Database and Certificate Database Log

Browse the CA DB Location and Click Next

Enter the password set while backing up the CA

d. Restore Certificate template list

Open a command prompt window.

Type certutil -setcatemplates +<templatelist1>,<templatelist2>.. and press ENTER.


Hope this article was informative and helpful to you .  This is based on test with real time scenario.

Below are the links of other part of the article

Part 1 – Preparing Source CA and Target server
Part 2 – Restoring the Source from backups and Verifying the migration

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