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Certificate Stores

Certificates are stored in certificate stores, which are located in a protected area of the registry on all server and client computers. A series of certificate stores can exist for each user, computer, and service. Table 9.1 describes several certificate stores that you can access from the Certificates snap-in.

Table 9.1. Certificate Stores
Certificate StoreWhat It Contains
PersonalUser and computer certificates associated with private keys accessible to the user or computer
Trusted Root Certification AuthoritiesCertificates for implicitly trusted root CAs, including certificates in the Third-Party store and root certificates from your company and Microsoft
Enterprise TrustCertificate Trust Lists (CTL)
Intermediate Certification AuthoritiesCertificates for subordinate CAs
Trusted PublishersCertificates from CAs that are trusted by software restriction policies
Untrusted PublishersCertificates from CAs that are not implicitly trusted
Third-Party Root Certification AuthoritiesCertificates from commercial CAs such as Equifax and VeriSign
Trusted PeopleCertificates issued to explicitly trusted people or entities
Certificate Enrollment RequestsPending or rejected certificate requests


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