Exporting a Root CA Certificate to a File

This section provides a tutorial example on how to export a root CA certificate to a certificate file in base-64 encoded X.509 file using the certificates console on a Windows system.

In this tutorial, I want to try to export a root CA certificate to a certificate file using the certificate console.

1. Click "Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > MyCertificatesConsole.msc". "MyCertificatesConsole" window shows up.

2. Open "Certificates (Local Computer) > Trusted Root Certification Authorities > Certificates" in the Console Root tree. A list of all certificates in "Trusted Root Certification Authorities" store shows up.

3. Select "Go Daddy Class 2 Certification Authority" and click "Open" from the "Action" menu. The Certificate dialog box shows up.

4. Click the "Details" tab and then the "Copy to File" button. The Certificate Export Wizard shows up.

5. Click the "Next" button and select "Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER)" format.

6. Click the "Next" button and enter "\herong\GoDaddy.cer" as the file name.

6. Click the "Next" button and then the "Finish" button. The Go Daddy CA certificate is exported to a file now.

7. Open "\herong\GoDaddy.cer" in a text editor. You should see something like this:

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
MIIEADCCAuigAwIBAgIBADANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQUFADBjMQswCQYDVQQGEwJVUzEh
MB8GA1UEChMYVGhlIEdvIERhZGR5IEdyb3VwLCBJbmMuMTEwLwYDVQQLEyhHbyBE
...
-----END CERTIFICATE-----

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

 Introduction of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

 Using HTTPS with Google Chrome

 Using HTTPS with Mozilla Firefox

 HTTPS with Microsoft Edge

 Using HTTPS with Apple Safari

 HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer)

 Android and Server Certificate

 iPhone and Server Certificate

Windows Certificate Stores and Console

 Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

 Creating Certificate Console as a MMC Snap-In

 Exporting a List of Root CA Certificates

 Viewing Certificate Properties and Purposes

Exporting a Root CA Certificate to a File

 Deleting a Root CA Certificate

 Importing a Root CA Certificate from a File

 Dispabling a Root CA Certificate

 RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and Server Certificate

 macOS Certificate Stores and Keychain Access

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 CAcert.org - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

 Comodo Free Personal Certificate

 Digital Signature - Microsoft Word

 Digital Signature - OpenOffice.org 3

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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