Internal CA Cert about to expire - what are the options?

By rfdswa ·
I've recently taken over a network where my predecessor set up a Win2K server with a CA and created a cert for OWA and the like. Then sometime after that they simply disconnected the server from the network (did I mention that it was a DC as well?). To add to the fun the other servers in the network have all been upgraded from Win2K to 2003.

My current problem is the cert is set to expire in about 30 days which could jeopardise OWA so I would appreciate any feedback;

- Should I simply set up a new CA on another DC and 'push' that cert through the network?

- Should I just buy a 3rd party cert?


- Should I try and recover the old server (in mothballs) put it back on the network and try to transfer the role? Problem is according to a Microsoft KB on this process you have to retain the original computer name which really isn't an option since the naming contentions have all been changed since the old server was in service.

Thank you.

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