Literature and other resources about public key infrastructures and Active Directory Certificate Services

The following is an overview of literature available on the market on the subject of public key infrastructures and Active Directory Certificate Services, as well as online resources from Microsoft and other PKI specialists.


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Literature specific to Active Directory Certificate Services

  • PKI and CA in Windows Networks: The Administrator's Guide. Certificate management and security for your Windows systems. Peter Kloep, 2019. ISBN-10: 3836272318
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 PKI and certificate security. Brian Komar, 2008. ISBN-10: 3866456484 (only available used).
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 PKI and certificate security: designing and deploying certificate-based security solutions for your network. Brian Komar, 2004. ISBN-10: 3860639730 (only available used). See also the unofficial list of errata of the book.
  • Implementing an enterprise public key infrastructure using Microsoft Active Directory certificate services. Uwe Gradenegger, 2016. ISBN-10: 3961165386.

Literature about PKI in general

  • Security without Obscurity: A Guide to PKI Operations. Jeff Stapleton and W. Clay Epstein, 2016. ISBN-10: 036765864X
  • Bulletproof TLS and PKI, Second Edition: Understanding and Deploying SSL/TLS and PKI to Secure Servers and Web. Ivan Ristic, 2022. ISBN-10: 1907117091
  • Understanding PKI: Concepts, Standards, and Deployment Considerations. Carlisle Adams and Steve Lloyd, 2010. ISBN-10: 0321743091

Literature about cryptography in general

  • Cryptography: methods, protocols, infrastructures. Klaus Schmeh, 2016. ISBN-10: 9783864903564.

Training opportunities

Online resources

Whitepaper on PKI

PKI Specialist Blogs

Channel 9 from Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN)

Youtube channel of Christopher Delay, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer