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The following is Tip #13 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes."

The following is Tip #13 from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes." This content is excerpted from Scott Schnoll's book, "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," brought to you by © (2004) Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Addison-Wesley Professional. Return to the main page for more tips on this topic.

The Add Root Certificate tool, ADDROOTCERT.EXE, is used to add an internal root certificate to a Pocket PC 2002 device to enable it to use SSL to communicate with Exchange features such as ActiveSync, which requires SSL. All Pocket PC 2002 devices come preloaded with root certificates from four certification authorities (CAs): Verisign, Cybertrust, Thawte, and Entrust. If you are using your own internal CA, you can use the Add Root Certificate tool to add a root certificate from your internal CA to the Pocket PC 2002 device. The Add Root Certificate tool can be used to install only root certificates; it cannot be used to install any subordinate or intermediate certificates. In addition, this tool is meant for use only on Pocket PC 2002 devices. Pocket PC 2003 devices include their own mechanism for installing certificates.

To install your own root CA, export it to a .CER file, and then copy both ADDROOTCERT.EXE and the .CER files to your Pocket PC 2002 device. Execute ADDROOTCERT.EXE on the device and install the .CER file. For more information, consult the Read Me file included with this tool.

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About the author: Scott Schnoll, an Expert on, is an MCT, MCSA and a long-time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).

In addition to writing "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," he is a co-author of the upcoming "Exchange 2003 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press" and lead author for "Exchange 2000 Server: The Complete Reference."

Scott has written numerous articles for Exchange & Outlook Magazine, and is a regular speaker at Microsoft conferences, including MEC and TechEd, as well as industry conferences such as Comdex and MCP TechMentor, where he covers topics such as Exchange, clustering, Internet Information Services and security.

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