Topic Last Modified: 2011-02-23

When making a certificate request to an online certification authority (CA) (typically these are servers that are on your internal network) on the Choose a Certification Authority (CA) page, you are presented with two options:

  1. Select a CA from the list detected in your environment.

  2. Specify another certification authority.

Choose a certification authority dialog box

If you select the first option, you are presented with a drop-down containing a list of all Windows Server-based certification authorities that are detected in your environment. Select the certification authority that is appropriate for your certificate. You may need to consult with your CA administrator to know which CA to choose.

If you select the second option, you will type in the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) and CA instance for the certification authority that you will use for your certificate. This option is appropriate if the CA that you want to use is not a Windows Server-based CA, but will work for Windows Server-based CAs as well.

You should confirm the group memberships you need to be successful with the certificate request. Typically, certification authorities have a different permission requirement from the requirements for installing Microsoft Lync Server 2010 on servers. Confirm the requirements for requesting the certificate with your CA administrator.