The improvements in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 PKI are focused around four core areas:
- Server consolidation. This allows organizations to reduce the total number of certificate authorities (CAs) required to meet their business objectives.
- Improved existing scenarios. This focus is on such elements as offering more complete SCEP (Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol) support and including a Best Practices Analyzer (BPA).
- Software + Services. This is to enable autonomous enrollment of users and devices for certificates regardless of network boundaries and certificate providers.
- Strong authentication. This area focuses on improvements to the smart card experience, the introduction of the Windows Biometric Framework, and so on.
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Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE
Sr. Consultant / Technical Writer